Practical Application: Assessing Skills for Making Effective Business Decisions

Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

There are certain types of business skills that can bolster a person's ability to make good business decisions. Take this self-assessment to gauge your skills and reflect on what you can do to become a better business decision-maker.

Business Decision-Making Skills

Businesses face decisions every day. But how can a person know which skills he or she possesses that can help make smart decisions? There are three major types of skills that can help with business decision-making:

  • cognitive skills - which involve critical thinking and analytical skills
  • non-cognitive skills - which are most often associated with emotional intelligence and self-control
  • technical skills - which are industry-specific skills learned through formal training.

To learn more about these three types of skills, see the lesson Business Skills for Effective Decision-Making.

Once you understand the different types of business skills required for good decision-making at work, assess your own skills with the self-assessment below.


Take a few minutes to reflect on your skills. For each question, rate yourself. Then, jot down some comments, such as examples of times when you displayed that skill.

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