Take the leadership test and see if your personality traits lend themselves to a successful leadership role.
What is it?
The leadership questionnaire is a 50 item self-report psychometric test which aims to assess and evaluate specific personality characteristics that have been linked to successful leadership, the responses are then analysed and presented with a summary of what each trait score implies about the candidates abilities. Using this feedback, individuals are able to identify their strengths and aim towards improving areas that may currently require further development. The information provided by this test would also be useful for selection and assessment purposes. For example, knowledge of important personality factors regarding leadership could provide insight into whether an employee would be suited to taking on a more supervisory or managerial role at a time of appraisal and ensuring that the most capable individual is selected for a leadership role.
The character traits isolated by the leadership questionnaire include:
- Organisation, which is extremely important to any individual in a managerial or leadership role, as it concerns the structuring of tasks, time keeping, preparedness and attention to detail. These are key abilities to those in a role responsible for instructing or guiding a team.
- Responsibility, which refers to the candidate’s ability to consider the needs of other employees and incorporate this into decision making along with their own needs, in order to make a fair, balanced work environment and is also an indicator of accountability for one’s own mistakes, as opposed to passing the blame to subordinates.
- Transformational Leadership, which is representative of the individual’s ability to inspire and motivate employees, promoting an atmosphere wherein the leaders and employees aid one another’s development. It is also indicative of mentoring qualities and the capacity in which the candidate is able to provide a role model for those within the company, thus encouraging others to strive to an advanced level of performance.
- Assertiveness, which demonstrates an active pursuit of achieving desired goals, as well as the confident expression of opinions and ideas, which is important for an individual in a leadership role as it promotes clear communication of what is desired of employees, as well as feedback which is vital to individual development.
- Resourcefulness is the final trait assessed by the leadership questionnaire, a fundamental characteristic for those who are in charge of any number of employees, in this instance it is regarded as the ability to maintain calm, collected and to provide solutions for adverse situations effectively and efficiently. Those with low resourcefulness may be more inclined to become overwhelmed when confronting difficulties, possibly resulting in the impairment of other important leadership assets.