Leadership Self-Assessment Guide

Leadership Skills ”Self-Assessment” Guide

Based on: John Maxwell’s: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Presented by: Douglas Jones’s:  Empowering Leadership

Complete this Self-assessment prior to training and again after your training
                                   (Learn how much you’ve improved)

Name: ________________________________________            First Time Thru: __________________________

                                                                                                                   Next Time Thur: __________________________

Leadership Self-assessment

Read each statement below and score yourself for each using the following scale:
     0 – Never
     1 – Rarely                                   (First blank space = First time through)
     2 – Occasionally                         (Second blank space = Second time through)
     3 – Always

1. The Law of the Lid

Leadership ability determines a person’s effectiveness

_____, _____ When faced with a challenge, my first thought is, who can I enlist to help?, not what can I do?
_____, _____ When my team fails to achieve an objective, my assumption is that it’s a leadership issue
_____, _____ I believe that developing my leadership skills will increase my effectiveness dramatically
_____, _____ Total

2. The Law of Influence

The true measure of leadership is influence nothing more nothing less

_____, _____ I rely on influence rather than my position or title to get others to follow me or do what I want
_____, _____ During discussions or brainstorming settings people turn to me and asked for my advice
_____, _____ I rely on my relationships with others rather than systems and procedures to get things done
_____, _____ Total

3. The Law of Process

Leadership develops Daily not in a Day

_____, _____ I have concrete & specific plans for personal growth that I engaged in weekly
_____, _____ I regularly engage with experts and mentors for key areas of my life
_____, _____ I promote my professional growth, I have read at least six books
                        (or taken at least one worthwhile class per year for the last three years)
_____, _____ Total

4. The Law of Navigation

Anyone can steer the ship but it takes a leader to chart a course

_____, _____ I spot problems obstacles and trends that will impact the outcome of organization initiatives
_____, _____ I can clearly see a pathway for the implementation of the vision including not only the process
                        but also the people and the resources needed
_____, _____ I am called upon to plan initiatives for the organization
_____, _____ Total

5. The Law of Addition

Leaders add value by serving others

_____, _____ Rather than being annoyed when team members have issues preventing them from doing their
jobs effectively, I see the issue as an opportunity to serve and help those people
_____, _____ I look for ways to make things better for the people lead
_____, _____ I find personal satisfaction in helping other people to become more successful
_____, _____ Total

6. The Law of Solid Ground

Trust is the foundation of leadership

_____, _____ The people I lead, confide in me regarding sensitive issues
_____, _____ When I tell someone that I will do something he or she can count on me to follow through
_____, _____ I avoid undermining others or talking behind their backs
_____, _____ Total

7. The Law of Respect

People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves

_____, _____ People are naturally drawn to me and often want to do things with me just to spend time with me
_____, _____ I go out of my way to show respect and loyalty to the people I lead
_____, _____ I consciously take personal risks that could benefit my followers even if there is no benefit to me
_____, _____ Total

8. The Law of Intuition

Leaders evaluate everything with the leadership bias

_____, _____ I can easily gauge morale whether in a roomful of people, on a team or in an organization
_____, _____ I often take the right action as a leader even if I cannot explain why
_____, _____ I can read situations and sense trends without having to gather hard evidence
_____, _____ Total

9. The Law of Magnetism

Who you are, is who you attract

_____, _____ I’m satisfied with the calibre of people who report to me
_____, _____ I expect the people I attract to be similar to me in values skills and leadership ability
_____, _____ I recognize that improving myself will improve the quality of people I recruit
_____, _____ Total

10. The Law of Connection

Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand

_____, _____ As a new leader, I try to develop a personal connection with the individuals involved
_____, _____ I know the stories, hopes and dreams of the people I lead
_____, _____ I avoid asking people to help accomplish the invasion until we have built a relationship
_____, _____ Total

11. The Law of the Inner Circle

A Leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him

_____, _____ I am strategic and selective about the people closest to me personally and professionally
_____, _____ I regularly rely on some key people in my life to help me accomplish my goals
_____, _____ I believe the 50% or more of the credit for my accomplishments go to the people on my team
_____, _____ Total

12. The Law of Empowerment

Only secure our leaders give power to others

_____, _____ I embrace change easily and become dissatisfied with the status quo
_____, _____ I believe that no matter how talented the people who work for me are, my position is secure
_____, _____ It is my regular practice to give people I lead the authority to make decisions and take risks
_____, _____ Total

13. The Law of the Picture

People do what people see

_____, _____ When I observe undesirable actions of my team members, I check myself first then talk to them
_____, _____ I am continually working to make my actions and my words consistent with each other
_____, _____ I do what I should rather than what I want because I am setting an example for others
_____, _____ Total

14. The Law of Buy-In

People buy into the leader, then the vision

_____, _____ I recognize that the lack of credibility can be as harmful to an organization as the lack of vision
_____, _____ I wait for people on my team have confidence in me before asking for commitment to the vision
_____, _____ Even when my ideas are not very good my people tend to side with me
_____, _____ Total

15. The Law of Victory

Leaders find a way for the team to win

_____, _____ When I lead a team, I feel ultimate responsibility for weather it achieves its goal
_____, _____ If team members are not unified in their efforts, I take action to get them all on the same page
_____, _____ I make personal sacrifices to help ensure victory for my team, department, or organization
_____, _____ Total

16. The Law of Momentum

Momentum is the leader’s best friend

_____, _____ I am enthusiastic and maintain a positive attitude every day for the sake of my team members
_____, _____ When I make major leadership decisions, I consider the impact on the momentum of my team
_____, _____ I initiate actions that generate momentum when introducing something new or controversial
_____, _____ Total

17. The Law of Priorities

Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment

_____, _____ I avoid tasks that don’t require my leadership or don’t have a tangible return for me
_____, _____ I set aside time daily, monthly, and yearly to plan my upcoming activities based on my priorities
_____, _____ I only delegate tasks where the team members can be at least 80% as effective as me
_____, _____ Total

18. The Law of Sacrifice

A leader must give up to go up

_____, _____ I know making trade-offs is the natural part of a leadership growth and I make sacrifices to
                        become a better leader as long as they don’t violate my values
_____, _____ I expect to give more than my followers in order to accomplish the vision
_____, _____ I will give up my rights in order to reach my potential as a leader
_____, _____ Total

19. The Law of Timing

When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go

_____, _____ I spend more effort figuring out the timing for the initiative than figuring out its strategy                        
_____, _____ I will launch some things using a less than ideal strategy because I know the timing is right
_____, _____ I can sense whether or not people are ready for ideas
_____, _____ Total

20. The Law of Explosive Growth

To have growth lead followers, to multiply lead leaders

_____, _____ I can grow my organization more rapidly by developing leaders rather than by any other method                       
_____, _____ I spend time every week investing in the development of the top 20% of my leaders
_____, _____ I would like to see leaders I develop succeed out on their own rather than keeping them
                        with me so that I can keep mentoring them
_____, _____ Total

21. The Law of Legacy

A leader’s lasting value is measured by a succession

_____, _____ I possess a strong sense of why I am in my job and why I am leading
_____, _____ In each position I held, I have identified people who can carry on after me and
                        I have invested in the them
_____, _____ One of my strongest motivations is to leave any team I lead better than when I found it
_____, _____ Total

Now that you have completed the evaluation, examine each law and note your strengths and weaknesses. Use the following guidelines to help you proceed.

8 – 9    This law is in your strike zone.  Make the most of this skill and mentor others.
5 – 7    Target this law for growth.  You have potential to make it a strength.
0 – 4    This is a weakness.  Hire staff with the strengths or partner with others in this area.

Here is what’s next

You now have a good idea of your personal “Leadership” strengths and weaknesses.

The next step is to call Douglas Jones (506) 386-5868.
I will help you integrate these Leadership Skills into your workplace teams & culture.

The key is to create more Leaders not just more followers.