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Take the Leadership POP Quiz

If you manage a team of people for your organization, do you already know what type of leader you are? Maybe you are you a hard-driving, visionary type of boss like Steve Jobs. Or perhaps is your style more collaborative and inspirational like Mahatma Gandhi? Take this quick POP quiz (pop quiz, get it?) to determine your leadership style and philosophy. This quiz was developed by Mark Murphy, the founder of Leadership IQ, a leadership training and research firm with offices in Georgia and Washington, DC.1. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I like my employees to complete their tasks the way I prefer them to do it.

B: I generally let my employees complete their tasks the way they want to.

2. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I don’t need to love the people on my team, so long as they’re smart and work hard.

B: Genuinely liking, and having a friendly relationship with, the people on your team is crucial to a team’s success.

3. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I like my employees to check in with me only when they have a significant problem or they’ve achieved a major milestone.

B: I like to check in with my employees often to see where they are at on projects.

4. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I think the best work is done when employees feel a bit competitive with each other.

B: I think the best work is done when employees cooperate and collaborate.

5. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I like employees to know the candid unvarnished facts about whether their performance meets my expectations. Even if that means they sometimes feel criticized by my words.

B: I like to make constructive criticism easier to hear because if the employee shuts me out, they won’t improve. I often use a compliment sandwich – a nice compliment, followed by the criticism, followed by another positive comment.

6. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I have defined, and taught to employees, a very clear set of rules and expectations about what constitutes success in our office/department/etc.

B: I prefer not to be constrained by a set of rigid rules and I believe that rules can change with time and circumstances.

7. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I lighten or increase the workload depending on the needs (financial, operational, etc.) of my department/organization.

B: I lighten or increase the workload depending on the needs (emotional, interest, fatigue, etc.) of individual employees.

8. Choose the best statement for you:

A: I like to push people to develop their weaknesses.

B: I like to keep people focused on their areas of strength.

9. Choose the best statement for you:

A: Being correct is a lot more important than being nice; we’re all adults here.

B: Team chemistry must be protected, even if that means we have to invest a little extra time and energy.

10. Choose the best statement for you:

A: When I give a “formal order,” I expect people to follow it.

B: I prefer to offer guidance and advice rather than giving “formal orders.”

 ANSWERS:If the majority of your answers were “A,” your leadership approach is comparable to a brash, high-powered tech CEO such as Steve Jobs. The “A” leadership style is stricter, and the leadership philosophy is more goals-oriented. If the majority of your answers were “B,” your leadership approach is comparable to a world leader such as Gandhi. The “B” leadership style is more creative, and the leadership philosophy is more people-oriented. Of course there is no single correct way to lead others, because each leader has a different set of skills and shortcomings. The key to becoming a better leader is to work on developing your strengths while recognizing and correcting your weaknesses, whatever they may be.

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