There are many tests that can assess leadership skills or a style. It's possible to spend hours filling out questionnaires that will determine both strengths and weaknesses. The leadership skills assessment outlined in this article provides a fast and simple way to provide a directional indication that's nearly as insightful.
The following assessment is broken down into two sections. In the first section, we'll help uncover what makes someone's personality so special, using examples from the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®. The second section will help users to understand their leadership style, especially at work. In that second assessment, the attributes associated with each of Daniel Goleman's leadership styles will be identified.
This leadership skills assessment is meant to whet the user's appetite for more robust tests. There are certainly more detailed assessments available, usually for a fee. The information below can also serve as a quick introduction to these types of skills assessments.
The first assessment is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® or MBTI. Coworkers may have discussed their "type" using four letter abbreviations such as ISTJ. These four quadrants are often used to describe the leadership, learning, and styles exhibited at work. There are a total of eight preferences along these four quadrants, meaning there are sixteen possible types.
In this part of the assessment, users should pick the description that best fits their style from each of the following four pairs.
The first two letters of the type describe whether or not someone is introverted (I) or extroverted (E). This dimension describes how someone gains energy.
The next dimension describes how someone perceives things around them: through sensing or intuition.
This third dimension has to do with how someone makes decisions: via thinking or feeling.
The final dimension in this skills assessment has to do with the lifestyle someone adopts.
To get a gauge on the MBTI that might apply, users should have picked one description from each pair. For example, if someone was Introverted (I), Sensing (S), Thinking (T), and Judging (J), then their MBTI type would be described as ISTJ.
It's possible for people to see themselves in both sides of each pairing. That is one example of how more detailed leadership skills assessments can help. That being said, most things are not black and white in this world but shades of grey, and the same can be said of MBTI.
This second skills assessment has to do with someone's predominant leadership style. There are a total of six styles described by Daniel Goleman. Keep in mind that most leaders will flex their style to a given situation; this is appropriately termed situational leadership. However, most people do have a predominant style that they often fall back into; usually in times of stress.
While the above might seem like a simple exercise, it covers two of the most important aspects of leaders at work: how they operate, and how they interact with others.
It's not easy to understand others, but as leaders it's important to understand what motivates people. Individuals may be asked to take a variety of leadership skills assessments throughout their careers. Each occasion is an opportunity for someone to learn a bit more about themselves and their interactions with others. When they do, they'll be a more effective leader in the long run.
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