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Quiz: What Kind of Leader Are You?

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on how you live these characteristics of a leader:

Leaders take responsibility… they:

    1. Look for opportunities to be responsible.
    2. Are willing to be judged on performance
    3. Are willing to take responsibility for the actions of their team
    4. Do not blame of make excuses when things go wrong.
    5. Are accountable to their actions

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Leaders have clear vision… they

    1. Are clear about where they are going
    2. They know what they want from each situation
    3. They take action to make their vision come true
    4. Give a sense of meaning and direction to those around them.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

  1. Leaders have confidence… they
    1. Believe in themselves
    2. Say, “we CAN do it and we WILL do it.”
    3. Build confidence and bring out the best thing those who are on their team.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Leaders are competent… they

    1. Have a high level of experience and a solid track record in their area of expertise
    2. Have a level of mastery that builds the respect of others and also gives leaders the ability to deliver on the things they promise.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Leaders are action-oriented… they

    1. Are always in motion
    2. Usually doing more than one thing at a time
    3. Are very results-oriented
    4. Have a “ready fire aim” approach
    5. Take action even when they are uncertain

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Leaders and good communicators… they

    1. Make it easy for others to understand their current situation, their vision and their plan of action
    2. Communicate their message in a way that is clearly understood and that inspires those around them.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Leaders and trustworthy… they

    1. Trust and are trustworthy
    2. They know that trust can take time to be earned but can be destroyed in a moment
    3. Value the trust of others and treat their leadership role as a privilege.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Leaders make others feel important… they

    1. Are compassionate
    2. Are empathetic
    3. Care about people and have an ability to make people feel like they belong and that they are important and have something valuable to offer.
    4. Know that every person is special and unique and they respect each individual.

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Leaders are decisive… they

    1. Make decisions quickly
    2. They gather the info they need, trust their intuition and make decisions in a timely manner
    4. Prefer to keep moving now and make corrections later than to bring things to a halt while a decision is made.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Leaders have strong commitment… they

    1. Are willing to take a stand for what they believe in

    2. Will do everything in their power to make things work

    3. Naturally attract followers because of their high level of commitment

    4. Are virtually unstoppable in reaching their goals.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10: _____

Now, look at the areas where you scored an 8 or above. These are the areas in which you excel the most. What are some examples of where you live these characteristics with your business?

Look at the scores where you scored less than 8. These are the areas where you could improve. Which areas need the most improvement?

How can you implement change in these areas?

What benefit would there be to your business if you were to practice these characteristics more regularly?

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Author: Colin Sprake is the CEO of Make Your Mark, a Canadian company of live seminars, online entrepreneur academy and live accountability groups that have helped 10,000’s of Entrepreneurs achieve rapid results in small business growth and development. Colin is a best-selling author of ‘Entrepreneur Success Recipe’ and trains for BMO, Sun Life Financial, Scotia Bank, T.D. Bank and lives by the tagline Business With Soul – putting heart back into business!
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