Leadership Assessment Tools

by Samantha Lowe; Updated September 26, 2017
An assessment can reveal a person's leadership skills.

Workplace leadership is integral to a business' smooth operations. Having this skill makes an employee more likely to advance in his organization. Leadership assessment tools aid in recognizing this trait in individuals, determining what their role should be and where they are best suited in a company's hierarchy. Each person has differing strengths and weaknesses; complete an interactive assessment to determine these factors.

Motivation Assessment

Desire is a main component of leadership. Wanting to lead various endeavors is integral to solid leadership; assessment tools should reveal this desire. Assessment for motivation can place individuals in one of three categories: high motivation, uncertain motivation or low motivation. Those found with high motivation should have other leadership skills assessed and receive well-aligned job placement to this inclination.

Briggs-Myers Personality Test

The Briggs-Myers personality test -- which psychologists and sociologists all over the world use -- assesses individual temperament and helps leaders to learn how they interact with people and surroundings. The test looks at candidates for leadership and managerial positions or current leaders who need to improve in their field. Personality queries range from "I really enjoy building relationships with people I do not know" to "I get annoyed easily at people who will not compromise" and employ a scale from one to four to determine how strongly an individual feels about the issue. The scores place individuals in one of four categories that combine to determine a personality type. These personality types determine whether individuals are more extroverted or introverted and how they organize their lives -- all of which play in to leadership style and qualities.

Leadership Test

Besides examining someone's personality and motivation, a leadership test itself helps indicate whether someone is fit for leadership. The test can evaluate everything from dealing with conflict to problem solving and flexibility. Several skills should be assessed to indicate someone's leadership potential or how well they are suited for their current role. Questions can range from "If you fail at a task, how are you most likely to react?" to "How many drafts do you usually write of a project, essay or proposal?" Answers determine leadership strengths and weaknesses for several skills; for instance, public speaking skills can be high while loyalty to team members is low.

Leadership Styles

Determining what style someone uses to lead a group can help him develop this skill and create a holistic means of leading with this foundation. A tool for evaluating which style an individual uses is important for workplace development. Autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire leaders are the norm, according to Mind Tools, and the Blake-Mouton Managerial Grid can evaluate which category a leader characterizes. The grid assesses the degree to which each leader inclines toward concern for people or concern for production. Discovering styles used can help individuals decide how they should approach leadership. Queries include "People usually enjoy my ideas and act on them" and "I always inform people of my ideas," with individuals scoring from one -- strongly disagree -- to five -- strongly agree. Scores are calculated and the individual’s leadership style ranks on the grid. If an individual is on the grid's high left, she has a high concern for socializing; if on the lower-right quadrant, she tends to be authoritarian in managerial style.

About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.

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