Self-Management Questionnaire — DSMQ

The Self-Management Questionnaire measures 8 predominant traits observed in individuals with high self-management.
Estimated time

5-10 minutes

Number of questions


Cost (commercial)

2 tokens

Cost (individual)

CAD $20.00

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General description

In today's world of frequent, fast pace changes and high workloads, self-management is a key skill that can greatly improve job and life satisfaction. Self-management is the discipline of setting regular goals, continuously attending to time management and the related or proportional effort to complete tasks. Effective self-management also yields benefits in motivation and concentration, reducing stress and improving self-regulation. Many of the most successful leaders are experts at self-management, as any position of authority with multiple, complex and dynamic responsibilities benefits exponentially from proficiency in self-management. Adept self-managers efficiently monitor, evaluate and reinforce various strategies that enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in their daily life. They prioritize, plan, and develop specific daily action plans. While committing to their plan, they focus and follow through, and can filter or manage distractions expediently through re-focus, discipline and routines. The DSMQ was developed by examining the common personality traits found in individuals displaying high levels of self-management.

By identifying individuals adept at self-management and aligning them with roles related to work flow efficiency and productivity, employers can reduce their budget for management positions, having aligned self-managers with roles or functions requiring autonomy, self-direction, independence, foresight and organizational skills.

The cost of management

Statistics show that direct management costs account for an average of 33% of the payroll, and that an employee with managerial responsibilities is paid on average 44% higher than those without.

List of self-management traits measured by the DSMQ

Planning & Scheduling

Logical Thinking

Outcome Analysis

Proactive Approach

Time Management




Data in brief

The Self-Management Questionnaire has been associated with the following characteristics:
  • Composure
  • Emotional control
  • Focus
  • Organization
  • Conscientiousness
  • Adaptive traits
  • Stress resilience
  • Transformational leadership
  • Openness
  • Agreeableness
  • Satisfaction with life
  • Work satisfaction
  • Boldness
  • Positive attitudes
  • Impulse inhibition
  • Fast decision making
  • Productive behaviors
  • Happiness
  • Anxiety resilience
  • Planning skills

Did you know that employees who are efficient at self-managing are ambitious, great planners, and well organized?

Usage of online assessments









Studies show that the global market for online assessment steadily grows over the years, predominantly to recruit and develop key employees.

Benefits of psychometric tests

The usage of psychometric assessments has gained considerable popularity over the years in the HR process, mostly due to their versatility, efficiency, and affordability. Several companies have also started using psychometric assessments due to their numerous benefits, such as:

  • More reliable and less risky decisions
  • Predictor of performance
  • Fairer decisions
  • Defendable decisions based on empirical data
  • Faster decisions


Commonly asked questions.

The Self-Management Questionnaire costs 2 tokens per candidate. Please visit our pricing page for more information.

Questionnaires assessing personality features are not timed and the questions are easily answered using a "Strongly Disagree" to "Strongly Agree" scale. Although there is no time limit, we suggest test takers choose their answers based on their first instinct and do not over-think their answer.

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