SpeakStrong Dynamic Leadership Assessment

Instructions:

  1. Use this inventory to establish a baseline and monitor progress
  2. Rate yourself and your emerging leaders on the following items using a scale of 1 - 5, with 1 indicating needs improvement and 5 indicating excellent.
Note: 5 does not mean perfect. However, if an emerging leader is strong in an area but still could use improvement, a score of 4 gives room to reflect improvement. For low scores, seek guidance in the book Perfect Phrases for Developing Dynamic Leaders.

For added benefit, include an example to illustrate each score.

A Dynamic Leader is someone who...

Takes responsibility and avoids blaming others

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Is trustworthy and works to increase trust in the organization

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Puts the needs of the organization, its customers, and its people ahead of his or her own quest for personal power

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Consistently works according to pro-social values

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Uses influence, engagement and empowerment instead of power games and pressure

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Integrates information into a unique, developed point of view

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Empowers others more by engaging with them on a high level than by instruction

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Addresses obstacles as they arise

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Knows when to lead, when to manage, and when to stand down

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Knows where a developing leader is in the development process and engages at the appropriate level

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Has a clear leadership philosophy and the ability to share it with others

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Is open to receiving mentoring, coaching, and input from people at all levels

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Uses Beginner's Mind to obtain a fresh perspective

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Encourages Beginner's Mind in others

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Looks for opportunities in problems

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Guides others to look for opportunities in problems

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Innovates and takes charge as situations indicate, whether "leader" is in his or her title or not

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Empowers others to take charge to the maximum level of their abilities

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Measures leadership skills by the ability to empower others

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Sees leadership development as a lifelong process

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Understands the difference between leading and managing, and balances the two functions

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Operates at an optimal level of empowerment

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Works with Enthusiasm

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Inspires enthusuasm in others

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Works in alignment with others

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Creates alignment in work groups and with associates

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Elicits and incorporates input from work groups and associates

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Communicates from head, heart, and will

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Balances grace and assertiveness in communication

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Balances grace and assertiveness in communication

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Bypasses short term gain that has long-term costs

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Balances inquiry and advocacy

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Engages in dialogue before decree

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Understands and optimizes his or her leadership style

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Helps other to understand and optimize their leadership styles

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Embraces the (emerging) leadership role

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Has a dynamic and developed leadership philosophy

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Meets or renegotiates agreements and expectation

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Follows through

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Holds others accountable for following through

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Shares skills and insights with leaders at all levels

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Is committed to leader development, and supports the success of team members, employees, and other associates

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Communicates clearly, consistently, and eloquently

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Understands mission, vision, and values

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Works in alignment with mission, vision, and values

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Works in alignment with associates at all levels

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Demonstrates creative thinking

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Has innovative ideas

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Uses appropriate criteria to make decisions

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Coordinates innovation with existing obligations

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Thinks and speaks imaginatively

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Thinks and speaks strategically

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Avoids victim language

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Speaks like a leader rather than a follower

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Illustrates points in compelling language

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Thinks globally

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Expands thinking beyond existing norms

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Increases autonomy level for others

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Is willing to challenge the status quo

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Is willing to act outside of comfort zone (or, has a huge comfort zone)

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Makes ideas practical

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Brainstorms effectively

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Is willing to challenge opinions

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Takes ownership of problems

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Is resourceful

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Sees beyond binary thinking and false dichotomies

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Supports leadership development in the organization

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Knows and uses information resources dynamically

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Makes timely decisions with adequate information

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Learns from all experiences

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Gives useful feedback and suggestions to mentors and colleagues

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Wins respect with expertise rather than pulling rank

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