Handbook of Management Scales/Social astuteness
Social astuteness (alpha = 0.80)
The conceptualization and measurement of the political skill construct was examined and evidence was validated for the Political Skill Inventory (PSI). The results of three investigations, involving seven samples, are reported that demonstrate consistency of the factor structure across studies, construct validity, and criterion-related validity of the PSI. Four key dimensions are identified in the organizational politics literature: social astuteness, interpersonal influence, networking ability, and apparent sincerity.
Using the following 7-point scale, please place the number on the blank before each item that best describes how much you agree with each statement about yourself (1 = strongly disagree, ..., 7 = strongly agree):
- I understand people very well.
- I am particularly good at sensing the motivations and hidden agendas of others.
- I have good intuition or savvy about how to present myself to others.
- I always seem to instinctively know the right things to say or do to influence others.
- I pay close attention to people’s facial expressions.
- Ferris et al. (2005): Development and Validation of the Political Skill Inventory. Journal of Management, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 126–152.