Being an effective leader hinges on your ability to be self-aware. Self-awareness is foundational in developing your emotional intelligence. We’ve created a brief individual leadership assessment to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your leadership. The assessment is based in part on Patrick Lencioni’s work in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.
We encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this self-assessment. It could provide you with valuable insight on how you engage with others and manage yourself related to these five key behaviors. Most important, you can apply the insights immediately.
Answer these five questions from the perspective of those who work with you: supervisors, board members, direct reports, colleagues, customers, and any other key stakeholders.
Be brutally honest with yourself and reflect on what you learn.
Use the following numbers to best describe how you believe others would rate you in each area: 3 = Usually 2 = Sometimes 1 = Rarely
- Fosters Trust: _____
I create an environment that builds and fosters trust. This means my colleagues, direct reports, and others know they can be open with me about miscalculations and challenges without fear or harsh judgment. I cultivate openness, honesty, and appreciation, because I know it builds trust and improves our learning and performance as a team.
- Embraces Conflict: _____
I encourage dialogue and discussion that includes working through conflict and challenging situations. I do not engage or promote conflict for the sake of argument. I actively cultivate an environment that supports people in having difficult conversations and learning from differing opinions.
- Demonstrates Commitment: _____
I demonstrate full commitment to our people and to our work. My team members know that they can count on me. I am fully committed to developing excellence in our people and in achieving results.
- Inspires Accountability: _____
I take full accountability for my responsibilities and my actions. I model this behavior for others. I also know that without clear expectations, I can’t expect people to be held accountable for results.
- Delivers Results: _____
I am focused on results without leaving human wreckage in my wake. I encourage operating collaboratively, keeping the focus on the end goal and delivering on results.
Calculate your total score by adding up your ratings for questions 1 through 5: ______
- If your score is between 13 and 15, wonderful job. You are at the top as a leader. To stay there takes work. Select one of the five areas (Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, or Results), and keep that as your focus for the next month. Notice what you learn about yourself and in working with others.
- If your score is between 9 and 13, you’re doing well overall but not maintaining this consistently. Take a look at where you rated the lowest and identify a few actions you might take to strengthen this area. You might consider talking with direct reports and colleagues for additional feedback to gain more insight into how they see you as a leader and to help you formulate your action plan.
- If your score is between 5 and 8, you might be missing opportunities to engage your direct reports, colleagues, and others in ways that support teamwork and high performance. Your willingness to take this assessment demonstrates your interest in being an even more effective leader. Use this as an opportunity to strengthen yourself. Consider working with a mentor or coach to support you in your leadership development.
We hope this quick self-assessment has given you some new insight into your areas of strength and opportunities for development. If you are serious about your leadership development and want to enhance it further, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 303-284-3333.
In the meantime, stay alert to how you are being and behaving with others. One way to squeeze even more value from this short self-assessment is to conduct interviews with your team using these questions.
We (Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross) offer a depth of experience as leadership / executive coaches. We specialize in working with executives, managers and teams who have learned the value of adding leadership development into the mix to support their success. So whether it’s executive coaching, teambuilding, or a combination, we can help you amplify the results you want.
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