This leadership test aims to reveal whether you have leader material in you and if you do, which are the areas that you need to improve to become a great leader. Read more on this subject and discover the difference between leaders and managers below the form.
How does the leadership test work?
This is a comprehensive assessment of leadership skills that takes account of various situations and of all the qualities required by a great leader.
There are 30 questions, each with 3 choices of answers that the user will have to get through. Once the results are up, the user is given a percentage for the presence of leadership qualities but also an explanation of this percentage and the areas that are still to be improved in that case.
The leadership test aims to cover the areas of vision, motivation, emotional intelligence, risk taking, time and stress management but also the ability to adapt to change, the support and stimulation given to others or the ability to delegate and trust others with various tasks.
What is leadership?
This is the concept that relates to the vision of leading, exploration of new territories in the field of one’s work.
Leaders define the world around them and motivate people in their activities and leadership has been put in discussion through various models in time, one of the first being proposed by James MacGregor Burns- the transformational leadership model.
However, being a leader means something else around the world in the very different cultures and can relate to business, politics or community leadership.
The difference between a leader and a manager
Some understand these terms as being similar and both pointing to the person that leads and who is in charge at a certain moment over a project, team or others.
However, these two concepts are miles apart and should be distanced accordingly. Indeed a manager aims to become a leader but a good leader is never a manager.
Here are some of the divergent points:
■ Leaders innovates; managers wait for tasks;
■ Leaders have a vision; managers implement others’ visions;
■ Leaders focus on people; managers focus on structure;
■ Leaders ask what and why; managers ask how and when;
■ Leaders are trusted; managers rely on authority;
■ Leaders think long term; managers have short term objectives;
■ Leaders challenge; managers accept what’s given;
■ Leaders see opportunities, managers solve problems;
■ Leaders build systems, managers maintain systems;
■ Leaders come with principles, managers form policies.
What shouldn’t a leader forget?
There are certain skills that every leader should have and some others that should be build in time while assuming leadership positions.
As said above, leaders inspire and bring their vision for the future in an approach that can be easily understood.
They also need to acknowledge what motivates the people they work with and apply the right pathways to keep them motivated.
A great focus should also be put on growing efficient teams. A leader has strong principles and is always empowering.
One should know how to manage risks of all kinds when attempting new opportunities and to lead changes constructively.
Last but not least to be able to put in together all the necessary skills in a long term vision while adapting the leadership style to the different situations met along the way.19 Dec, 2014