TAKING STOCK

How to use:
  • Assess your current leadership style against each of the leadership behaviours listed below.
  • Read the behaviours and identify which ones best characterize your leadership practices.
  • Place a check in the appropriate box.
How I See Myself As A Leader?

1.   I am very good at selling my ideas and convincing people.
2.   I ask customers/partners for feedback.
3.   I encourage full discussion and exchange of ideas.
4.   I make sure I know what is happening in my unit all the time.
5.   I make most decisions.
6.   I believe that given half a chance, people will succeed.
7.   I receive input from customers/business partners through formal channels (e.g., surveys).
8.   I jointly establish boundaries for work and decisions.
9.   I explain and advise most of the time.
10.   I provide detailed work plans for my staff.
11.   I use my negotiation skills to get things done.
12.   I define the teamís purpose and identify success indicators.
13.   We take turns chairing our meetings.
14.   I seek input before making decisions.
15.   I collaborate with customers/partners to help shape and define offerings and direction.


Scoring Guide: Your Current Style

Questions 4, 5, 7, 10, 12 are leadership practices describing Control.
How many did you score?
Questions 1, 2, 9, 11, 14 are leadership practices describing Influence.
How many did you score?
Questions 3, 6, 8, 13, 15 are leadership practices describing Partnership.
How many did you score?


Remember, most people operate from a combination of leadership perspectives, depending on the situation. None of us can be characterized as having a single, rigid leadership stance. However, any given individual tends to rely on one (or two) more heavily than others.
  • What are your numbers telling you?
  • Where are your strengths? How might you leverage these?
  • Review the partnership behaviours you did not choose. Why didn't you?
If you chose many of the control/influence and/or few of the partnership behaviours, you may want to challenge your assumptions about your team leadership role. While there are times when leaders need to control and influence people, when this happens too frequently team members rely on the leader too much and fail to think for themselves.
  • What actions do you need to take in order to lead more frequently from partnership?