Are You an Effective Leader?

Truly effective leaders are able to focus on and balance the three faces of leadership – leadership of systems, people, and self. This checklist will help you identify your leadership strengths and development opportunities.

Instructions:

  1. Rate each statement on a scale of one to four as follows:
    1. = Does not describe my situation
    2. = Somewhat describes my situation
    3. = Mostly describes my situation
    4. = Exactly describes my situation
  2. Review your scores. Check back every 90 days to track your progress.
  3. Solicit support, such as a mentor or coach, to help you address challenging items.

Your Name:
Your Email Address:
1
I can clearly articulate the vision for the future of my organization.
1
2
3
4
2
I am truly inspired by my work.
1
2
3
4
3
I am able to let go of day-to-day management in order to focus more time on my leadership responsibilities.
1
2
3
4
4
I devote ample time to planning and reflection.
1
2
3
4
5
I am leading a cohesive and effective team.
1
2
3
4
6
I foster a spirit of trust, and relationships within my organization are built upon this.
1
2
3
4
7
I have the right people with the right skills in the right jobs.
1
2
3
4
8
I openly recognize and reward excellence.
1
2
3
4
9
I have a development plan in place to continue to strengthen my skills.
1
2
3
4
10
I confidently take time off without worrying about work.
1
2
3
4
11
I visibly encourage and support personal and professional development at all levels.
1
2
3
4
12
I have the support I need.
1
2
3
4
13
I am aware of my strengths, development needs, and what makes me unique as a leader.
1
2
3
4
14
I maintain an external focus through meeting with customers, staying on top of trends, and hearing from our front-line employees.
1
2
3
4
15
I am open to ideas and input from my staff.
1
2
3
4
16
I am able to sit with the unknown without needing to take immediate action.
1
2
3
4
17
I am able to make decisions and act on them.
1
2
3
4
18
I am able to look past obvious answers and “drill down deep” for less obvious issues and causes.
1
2
3
4
19
I am certain that what I do and what I say are in agreement.
1
2
3
4
20
I encourage risk taking and am able to accept the possibility of failures and setbacks.
1
2
3
4