Assessment of Leadership Characteristics - Free Survey
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Assessing Characteristics of Leadership Effectiveness – Self Report Survey
By Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2003
Circle Yes or NO - 24 questions.
Comfort with ambiguity:
Y or N: Are you willing to take calculated risks?
Y or N: Do you empathize with other people’s needs, concerns, and goals?
Y or No: Can you accurately understand the needs and motivations of others?
Persistence; frustration tolerance:
Y or N: When pursuing a goal, do you maintain a positive, focused attitude, despite obstacles?
Y or N: Do you listen closely (rather than have a response ready before the other person finishes)?
Y or N: Could you diagram for yourself your organization’s power structure?
Able to use humor:
Y or N: Do you know how to use humor to relieve tense or uncomfortable situations?
Y or N: In situations that are full of turmoil and confusion, do you stay calm and levelheaded?
Y or N: Are you aware of and can you describe how your own patterns of behavior impact others?
The more questions you answered “yes” the better.
Remember that this non-validated survey should be used as an “early warning” system only. If you really want to measure your effectiveness as a leader, to get a more granular bead on how well you are doing and to figure out where to put your developmental energy, you’ll need to conduct a formal assessment that uses valid tools and criteria linked to your organization’s particular needs and culture. Leadership characteristics that work at Microsoft may not necessarily work at Washington Mutual.
Please note, that the questions I included in this survey come from my research and experience working with executives and the Harvard continuing education ManageMentor program called “Leading and Motivating.”