Leadership assessment questionnaire

This self-assessment questionnaire has been designed to help you assess your readiness to assume a leadership role in the company. A significant amount of research has gone into each of the questions detailed below. It is suggested that you consider the options carefully before you make a choice.

1. Are you willing to lie shamelessly to your colleagues and subordinates to save your skin in times of trouble for yourself or for the business ?

Always Mostly Occasionally Rarely Never
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2. How willing are you to keep changing your requirements without assigning any reason ?

Always Mostly Occasionally Rarely Never
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3. How would you rate yourself on your ability to give vague and misleading instructions

Very high High Moderate Low Very low
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4. When you see a colleague who has been considered, alongwith yourself, a contender for promotion to the next senior role, in trouble because he has failed to deliver on promised commitments and is under scrutiny from senior management, you will

Feed rumours about his bad habits openly Covertly spread rumours about him Mind your own business Mind your own business, but stop any unfair comments about him Jump to his assistance
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5. How long can you keep subordinates waiting for a meeting that you have called ?

>2 hours 1 – 2 hours 30 – 60 mins < 30 mins Not at all
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6. How often do you call a meeting of your subordinates that is urgent ?

Daily Once a week Once a month Once a year Never
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7. Would you have pangs of guilt if you had to sack an employee without assigning any reason whatsoever ?

What does guilt mean ? Rarely Occasionally Mostly Always
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8. How often will you ensure that employees work on their day off either because of your slip-up or without there being a need to do so ?

Every week Once a month Once in 6 months Once a year Never
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9. If you can break rules, without fear of being discovered, for a financial benefit to the company or to yourself, will you do it ?

Always Mostly Occasionally Rarely Never
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10. How often do you check your Blackberry for messages ?

< 1 min 1 – 2 mins 2 – 3 mins 3 – 5 mins 5 mins
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There is no answer-sheet for this questionnaire. None is required. As a future leader, you should by now be aware of the traits required for senior leadership. If, after answering this questionnaire you have assessed yourself to be ready, step forward and take a place at the leadership high-table. If your assessment was inaccurate, you will know when you are sacked unceremoniously.

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16 thoughts on “Leadership assessment questionnaire

    • Questions to be added :

      1. How many times have you got the government to bail out your company on innocent taxpayer money ?

      2. What percent of employees’ retiral funds have been used up and spent on your watch in pursuing a non-existent short-term chimera ?

  1. Q: How many mistakes have you made thus far in your career?
    A: None!
    Q: Sorry, you don’t get the job.
    A: Why? Because a man who makes no mistakes has not accomplished much.
    Q: No, because you managed to cover it up so well and I have something better for you – how about president of a huge bank?

    • Glad you liked the post and thank you for the suggestion. Having said that, as a Manager, I have become totally incompetent to do any work, and hence, will delegate the task to a team-member so that I can then judge the output and feel superior.

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