The Leadership Motivation Assessment

How Motivated Are You To Lead?

Do you want to be a leader?

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The first and most basic prerequisite for leadership is the desire to lead.

After all, it takes hard work to become an effective leader; and if you are not prepared to put this work in, or if, deep down, you're not sure whether you want to lead or not, you'll struggle to lead people effectively.

So, how much do you want to lead?

This assessment helps you find the answer.

How to Use the Tool

To use this tool, show the extent to which you agree with each of these statements, on a scale running from 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree).

For each question, click the button in the column that most applies. Click the 'Calculate My Total' button to add up your score and check your result using the scoring table underneath.

Your last quiz results are shown.

You last completed this quiz on , at .

14 Statements to Answer

1. Strongly Disagree 2. 3. 4. 5. Strongly Agree
1 I am energized when people count on me for ideas.
2 As a practice, I ask people challenging questions when we are working on projects together.
3 I take delight in complimenting people I work with when progress is made.
4 I find it easy to be the cheerleader for others, when times are good and when times are bad.
5 Team accomplishment is more important to me than my own personal accomplishments.
6 People often take my ideas and run with them.
7 When involved in group projects, it is important to me to help the team stick together.
8 When involved in group projects, coaching others is an activity that I gravitate toward.
9 I find pleasure in recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of others.
10 When involved in group projects, my team members’ problems are my problems.
11 Resolving interpersonal conflict is an activity that I enjoy.
12 When involved in group projects, I frequently find myself to be an "idea generator."
13 When involved in group projects, I am inclined to let my ideas be known.
14 I find pleasure in being a convincing person.
Total = 0

Score Interpretation

Score Comment

This implies a low motivation to lead.


This implies some uncertainty over your motivation to lead.


This implies a strong motivation to lead.

Source: This set of questions was constructed for this self-assessment and for illustrative purposes only. No prior validation work has been conducted that enables us to address the construct validity of this assessment. This self-assessment was patterned after that of A. J. DuBrin in Leadership: Research Findings, Practice and Skills (2nd edition) (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998). Pp. 10-11.

Armed with the results from this self-test, your next step depends on your situation.

If you have found that you're strongly motivated to lead, and you're already a leader - great! And if you're not already a leader, this is definitely an area you should investigate as you plan your career development.

On the other hand, if your score indicates that you don't have a strong motivation to lead, and you're considering moving into this area, you may want to look at other career options before you make a decision. Our article on Finding Career Direction   will help you identify the type of work that does motivate you.

But if you're already a leader and you're just going through a low patch in the role, explore our leadership motivation tools  , and see if you can regain your enthusiasm for the job!

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Comments (40)
  • Iyesaga wrote This week
    Stagnation affected my leadership ability a lot and I am not happy when I got stuck for too long.
  • Midgie wrote This month
    Hi enlighten79,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Become a leader takes time, experience and attention. By identifying areas that you could develop further, and putting them into practice wherever possible, you will grow into a great leader! Start today by finding opportunities whereby you can be a leader, either in the workplace or your community!

    Mind Tools Team
  • enlighten79 wrote This month
    Thank you for this article.. I need to focus more on motivation as I doubt myself in most situations. My score was 46 and I never thought that I would be a great leader. May be in future..:-)..;-).
  • Midgie wrote This month
    Hi Fmbolden and Mydestiny,
    Thanks for your comments. I agree that motivation is important to want to inspire others and lead them. Yet, it is a skill that can be developed and practiced to improve.

    Mind Tools Team
  • mydestiny wrote This month
    Leadership is key in leading people in our organizations hence need to develop people in this area
  • fmbolden wrote This month
    Motivation to lead is half the battle.
  • Yolande wrote This month
    Hi letmein

    You're welcome! Seeing that you are a member of the Mind Tools Club you should pop over to the forums and join our discussions. Leadership and Team Management are topics we often 'talk' about, such as over here: We'd love to hear your comment too, so please feel free to add your voice.

    Mind Tools Team
  • letmein wrote This month
    Thank you for the informative exercise.
  • Julia wrote Over a month ago
    I love being a leader and help people to IMPROVE on there "SKILL" to get Better in Career, or anything they do. THANK
  • Leonia wrote Over a month ago
    I scored 64, I think that's a pretty good one. when I was a little girl my mom always made me do everything. She always said, "If you do it yourself then you know it's done and it will be done right the first time." I believed that for a long time, but I learned that I can't always do everything and there are others that can help you do thing if you let them help. But believe me it's not easy to give up the control and let somebody else do the job. I'm still learning how to do that.
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