Leadership Self-Assessment Activity

Notes:

This survey is designed to provide you with feedback about your level of preference or comfort with leadership characteristics and skills.

If you have NOT performed a task before, estimate how difficult the task would be for you to learn to perform.

Circle the number on the scale that you believe comes closest to your skill or task level. Be honest about your choices as there are no right or wrong answers - it is only for your own self-assessment.

   
Very Strong
Moderately Strong
Adequate
Moderately Weak
Very Weak
1.

I enjoy communicating with others.

5 4 3 2 1
2.

I am honest and fair.

5 4 3 2 1
3.

I make decisions with input from others.

5 4 3 2 1
4.

My actions are consistent.

5 4 3 2 1
5.

I give others the information they need to do their jobs.

5 4 3 2 1
6.

I keep focused through follow-up.

5 4 3 2 1
7.

I listen to feedback and ask questions.

5 4 3 2 1
8.

I show loyalty to the company and to the team members.

5 4 3 2 1
9.

I create an atmosphere of growth.

5 4 3 2 1
10.

I have wide visibility.

5 4 3 2 1
11.

I give praise and recognition.

5 4 3 2 1
12.

I criticize constructively and address problems.

5 4 3 2 1
13.

I develop plans.

5 4 3 2 1
14.

I have a vision on where we are going and set long term goals.

5 4 3 2 1
15.

I set objectives and follow them through to completion.

5 4 3 2 1
16.

I display tolerance and flexibility.

5 4 3 2 1
17.

I can be assertive when needed.

5 4 3 2 1
18.

I am a Champion of change.

5 4 3 2 1
19.

I treat others with respect and dignity.

5 4 3 2 1
20.

I make myself available and accessible.

5 4 3 2 1
21.

I want to take charge.

5 4 3 2 1
22.

I accept ownership for team decisions.

5 4 3 2 1
23.

I set guidelines for how others are to treat one another.

5 4 3 2 1
24.

I manage by "walking around" (the front line is the bottom line).

5 4 3 2 1
25.

I am close to the business and have a broad view of where we are going.

5 4 3 2 1
26.

I coach team members.

5 4 3 2 1
27.

I determine manpower requirements for my department and write job descriptions for them.

5 4 3 2 1
28.

I interview and select the most qualified candidate for an open job position.

5 4 3 2 1
29.

I provide new employees with on-the-job training.

5 4 3 2 1
30.

I determine resources, material, and supply requirements for my department.

5 4 3 2 1
31.

I developed a budget for my department.

5 4 3 2 1
32.

I can respond to an employee who is upset with me or someone else in the organization.

5 4 3 2 1
33.

I have counseled employees who have personal problems (family, health, financial).

5 4 3 2 1
34.

I react to situations in which the quality of an employee's work goes into a decline.

5 4 3 2 1
35.

I deal with employees who have performance issues, such as suspected of substance abuse or chronically late.

5 4 3 2 1
36.

I reward employees for good performances.

5 4 3 2 1
37.

I conduct formal employee performance appraisals.

5 4 3 2 1
38.

I can make a presentation to a group of peers and/or seniors.

5 4 3 2 1
39.

I write reports to be distributed to a group of peers and/or seniors.

5 4 3 2 1
40.

I have a deep-rooted understanding of the functions of my organization.

5 4 3 2 1
41.

I am curious.

5 4 3 2 1
42.

I know how to sell.

5 4 3 2 1
43.

I am a good learner.

5 4 3 2 1
44.

I know how to influence people and get support.

5 4 3 2 1
45.

I admit my mistakes and take responsibility for my actions.

5 4 3 2 1
46.

I like to talk to people and I am a great listener.

5 4 3 2 1
47.

I am a good delegator.

5 4 3 2 1
48.

I can separate the important issues from inconsequential ones.

5 4 3 2 1
49.

I have integrity and can be trusted.

5 4 3 2 1
50.

I am political only when needed.

5 4 3 2 1
 

TOTAL

         

Total score for all 5 columns: __________ Final Score

Scoring

Total each of the five columns and then add the five columns together for your final score. The maximum score is 250 while the minimum score is 50.

As mentioned earlier, there are no right or wrong answers. This means there are no right or wrong scores. This survey is designed to show you the areas you need to improve in. You lowest scoring answers are the areas you need to improve. See your supervisor or training department for resources to help you to become more proficient in your weak areas.

Use the table below for a general guideline of where you stand.

Use this assessment to help you to determine what skills and abilities you can continue to improve (Strengths) and what skills and abilities you need to develop (Opportunities for growth).

What are your strengths?
 
 
  What are your opportunities for growth?
 
 

Next Steps

Return to the Leadership Training and Development Outline or main Leadership page

Return to the Concepts of Leadership chapter

Reliability and Validity

Since this survey is a learning tool used in training programs such as leadership development, rather than a research tool, it has not been formally checked for reliability or validity. However, since I have received feedback from various sources and has been updated numerous times, I believe it to be a fairly accurate tool.