Leadership Style Indicator Self-Assessment

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Name: _____________________________________ SID#: ___________________

What do we mean by Leadership “Style”? Leadership development can follow many courses, including the acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities that makes a person the most effective leader. There are things we think of as leadership traits, and there are also many things that effective leaders do, which we consider as leadership behaviors. Some researchers have made an effort to look at the behaviors of leaders and create models to aid in our understanding of these leadership behaviors. These models are often referred to as leadership style. There are several ideas about leadership styles that have been presented over the years, but most theories center on a key idea that leaders have two types of style. One type involves a group of task-oriented behaviors, in which the leader helps subordinates figure out what is expected of them and manages the daily activities of a group toward accomplishing a task. In some style theories, this is referred to as transactional leadership, or management (as a contrast to leadership). The other set of behaviors is referred to as people-oriented style, where the leader provides a more supportive role in providing a positive work environment in which the workers can maximize their productivity. Leadership Style Indicator Self-Assessment An analysis of your responses to the following statements summarizes how you relate to six different styles of leadership. No one of these aspects of leadership is any more or less important than any of the others; they complement and balance each other. This assessment is based only on your answers.

o A circle of number “1” represents a statement you – Strongly Disagree o A circle of number “2” represents a statement you – Disagree o A circle of number “3” represents a statement you – Neither Agree nor Disagree o A circle of number “4” represents a statement you – Agree o A circle of number “5” represents a statement you – Strongly Agree

Thinking about your leadership style, please give each of the statements a score ranging from 1 to 5:

1) I spend quality time thinking about future possibilities. 1 2 3 4 5

2) I see myself as well organized. 1 2 3 4 5

3) Others have said how much they appreciated my encouragement. 1 2 3 4 5

4) I try to avoid taking risks. 1 2 3 4 5

5) I am particularly good at sensing how people are feeling. 1 2 3 4 5

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6) I believe I can recognize gifts and potential in people. 1 2 3 4 5

7) I see myself as much more of a people person than a task person. 1 2 3 4 5

8) I tend to overcome barriers to reach goals. 1 2 3 4 5

9) I delegate well to others in my family, team/organization. 1 2 3 4 5

10) I am good at finding practical solutions to problems. 1 2 3 4 5

11) Others see me as an energetic person. 1 2 3 4 5

12) I place a high degree of trust in others in my family, team/organization. 1 2 3 4 5

13) I go out of my way to give people feedback on their work/efforts. 1 2 3 4 5

14) Others have commented positively on my listening skills. 1 2 3 4 5

15) I’m often behind schedule because I have so much to do. 1 2 3 4 5

16) I have a clear focus on what we need to do as a family, team/community. 1 2 3 4 5

17) Having a number of activities under way gives me real satisfaction. 1 2 3 4 5

18) I can assess what resources are required to complete a project. 1 2 3 4 5

19) I seem to have the knack of finding the right words to motivate people. 1 2 3 4 5

20) I am nearly always clear on the long term direction we should take. 1 2 3 4 5

21) I would rather focus on what we need to do, than how we should do it. 1 2 3 4 5

22) I seem to build fruitful long term relationships easily. 1 2 3 4 5

23) I prefer to work alone than to work in teams. 1 2 3 4 5

24) I am often able to help my family, team/community work more efficiently. 1 2 3 4 5

25) I enjoy reconciling different points of view. 1 2 3 4 5

26) I have the conviction to aim for things others think are impossible. 1 2 3 4 5

27) I’m at my best spearheading a particular task or assignment. 1 2 3 4 5

28) I’m able to break down projects into the steps that need to be achieved. 1 2 3 4 5

29) I petition regularly for those around me. 1 2 3 4 5

30) When I join a group, others tend to look to me for a lead. 1 2 3 4 5

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Scoring Key This summary uses your responses to the questions to examine how you relate to six different styles of leadership. No one of these aspects of leadership is more or less important; they all complement and balance each other. This assessment is based only on your answers. For each area, your answers are combined to give a rating between 5 and 25, where a score of 25 would suggest that you see yourself as very strong in this area, and a score of 5 indicates that you do not see this as your area of strength. The important thing is to look at the relative scores between the areas. Transfer your scores from the indicator to the table below, taking care to subtract the score you awarded to the questions given in the final row of the table. This will give scores for each of the leadership areas.

Pioneering Leadership

Strategic Leadership

Management Leadership

Team Leadership

Uplifting Leadership

Encouraging Leadership

Q1 Q8 Q2 Q6 Q7 Q3 +Q11 +Q10 +Q9 +Q12 +Q14 +Q5 +Q20 +Q16 +Q18 +Q25 +Q22 +Q13 +Q26 +Q28 +Q24 +Q30 +Q29 +Q19 Add 6 = Add 6 = Add 6 = Add 6 = Add 6 = Add 6 =

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-Q4 = -Q21 = -Q15 = -Q23 = -Q17= -Q27=

Leadership Style Indicator Descriptions Pioneering Leaders (q1+q11+q20+q26+ 6 -q4) Pioneering leaders are independent and questioning; they are willing to push themselves, and take appropriate risks in striving to move forward to discover and reach long term goals. Pioneering leaders will bring vision, direction, passion and motivation to the team. Pioneering Leaders are not afraid to challenge the status quo to get better results; they will remain wholly committed to a vision or project. Pioneering leaders encourage the group to think creatively about its options and are often great at finding new opportunities and directions for the group. Strategic Leaders (q8+q10+q16+q28+ 6 -q21) Strategic leaders are conscientious and disciplined; they have the insight and focus to anticipate, envision, maintain flexibility, think strategically, and work with others to initiate changes that will create a viable future for the group, team or organization. Strategic leaders are grounded in a strong understanding of the complex relationship between the organization and its environment. Strategic leaders take a broad view, trying to involve the right people, with important information and perspectives, asking probing questions and facilitating conversations to help people see how the seemingly impossible can be achieved.

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Management Leaders (q2+q9+q18+q24+ 6 -q15) Management leaders build collaborative relationships, and understand their role in the group, team, and organization’s strategy. Management leaders enlist others to work quickly toward goals. Management leaders are able to organize, and follow through on all the necessary tasks and activities to ensure that the task or project is completed on time. Management leaders tend to be systematic, cautious, and analytical; ensuring accuracy and shaping processes to meet high standards. Team Leaders (q6+q12+q25+q30+ 6 -q23) Team leaders are sincere and accommodating; they collaborate with others to make win-win decisions. Team leader provide guidance, instruction, direction and leadership to the group, team or organization for the purpose of achieving a key result or group of aligned results. The Team leader has good interpersonal and problem solving skills, the ability to handle stress, and time management skills. A team leader exhibits a participative and consultative leadership style, thus, ensuring harmony and effectiveness in the way the team works. Their sole aim is that the team achieves its goals. What they as individuals achieve is secondary. Uplifting Leaders (q7+q14+q22+q29+ 6 -q17) Uplifting leaders are kind and supportive; they create a respectful and positive environment. Uplifting leaders eagerly acknowledge others’ contributions, which in turn breeds loyalty among their colleagues. Uplifting leaders work to create a positive environment where everyone can work in peace, free of fear and conflict. Uplifting leaders move others to dream, learn more, do more, and become more. Uplifting leaders have a strong desire to help others grow and maximize their potential. Uplifting leaders deliberately focuses on others and are determined to make a positive difference; their contribution to the group, team or organization is invaluable. Encouraging Leaders (q3+q5+q13+q13+ 6 -q27) Encouraging leaders have a positive outlook toward life and are able to motivate the whole team and individuals. Encouraging leaders makes a difference by sharing ideas, building relationships, and manifesting a positive belief in others. Encouraging leaders have great discernment into people’s gifts, their feelings and what motivates them. Encouraging leaders understand the power of We. Encouraging leaders have the knack of knowing when quiet word can spur people on, when to challenge and when to support, and when to give space.