The Leadership Motivation Assessment

How Motivated Are You To Lead?

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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.

   14 Statements to Answer

2. 3. 4.

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.
Calculate My Total
Total = 0

Score Interpretation

Score Comment
14 – 27 This implies a low motivation to lead.
28 – 55 This implies some uncertainty over your motivation to lead.
56 – 70 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
  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 (12)
  • Midgie wrote This month
    Hi Theresa0824,
    I laughed at the expression that you 'can sell ice in Alaska' where, for those who are not familiar, is an ice/snow covered country! Sounds like you are very persuasive then!

    I believe that the wording of 'finding pleasure' is intended to highlight the fact that a person probably excels at this skill. When we find things a joy (a pleasure), we excel at it.
  • Theresa0824 wrote This month
    I'm not sure that I like the wording as "finding pleasure" in convincing people. I do have a way of convincing people, as someone told me that I can sell Ice in Alaska. But I do feel as if I am a good leader.
  • Midgie wrote Over a month ago
    Hi Tiant, great to hear that the score fits you perfectly! That reaffirms that you know yourself well. With that insight, any thoughts about focusing on areas for further development and growth?
  • Tiant wrote Over a month ago
    I like the test I go a score that fits me perfectly.
  • Yolande wrote Over a month ago
    Hi Serena

    I just did the quiz and it worked...did the calculation at the end. Won't you perhaps try again and let us know whether you were able to complete it?

    Kind regards
  • serena76 wrote Over a month ago
    Hi there,

    can you please let me know if the quiz is working as after filling the questionnaire I clicked on the calculation button but nothing happened...I would be really interested in assessing my leadership skills as I have just applied for a team leader position ans I really hope this is the right career choice for me right now...


  • James wrote Over a month ago
    Hi Ravend

    There are two main groups of test that we offer.

    As you quite rightly identify, with the first group of tests we're trying to help people explore a broad skill-set, identify where their strengths and weaknesses lie within it, and then direct them to resources that help them develop their skills appropriately.

    The second group is of tests that are more closely aligned with formal work psychology research, and the leadership motivation test is an example of one of these. By their nature, these tend to focus on one area rather than multiple areas, and you're right to point out that this one is quite short and elementary. (That's not a bad thing, incidentally! )

    What this test does is help you work out for yourself how much of a "buzz" you get from leadership and management. This is really important, because the most fundamental thing that marks out an effective leader from an ineffective one is that the effective leader really, passionately, wants to lead.

    As Bree and Dianna say, if you don't get a buzz from leadership, then it really pays to reflect on whether you can build that passion within yourself, or whether, in fact, you should develop your career in a different way. For some, this can be a career-changing insight.

    Hope this helps!

  • Bree wrote Over a month ago
    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to say that I really like these self-assessment quizzes as they usually give me insight, and often confirmation, into myself. I've done various psychometric tests before as well as quizzes (like the one here) and I would say the difference is for what purposes are you using them.

    For me, gaining more insight into myself is always interesting so these quizzes are perfect. However, if I was an employer looking to promote from within, I'd go for psychometric testing and profiling of employees.

    As Dianna said, There is an unwritten expectation that to move forward in one's career that means moving upward. yet often times the greatest of technicians do not make the greatest of managers/leaders. Therefore, knowing that in advance can save alot of problems in the long run! Using this type of quiz to do an initial assessment could be the first step in shortlisting people before doing more in-depth assessments.

    Keep up the good work Mind Tools with providing good information, resources and tools! I love the 'bite-sized' format of your resources which are easy to digest and use. And, if I'm really keen to delve deeper, I can also go investigate further elsewhere!

  • ravend wrote Over a month ago

    The other resources along this stream do seem interesting and may prove quite fruitful in what gems they deliver.

    The comment from myself earlier was/are aimed however at your 'short quiz' format starting point, and realistically at the comments both James and yourself (as part of the Mind Tools Team) place on it. (It is tempting to make reference here of being over enthusiastic about your own product although I feel I might be too cynical in my 'old before my time' age)

    Certainly you / I would expect some measure of excitement or enthusiasm towards tools like this, but the follow up post to James's stressing the value of quiz really, IMHO, plays down on what the quiz is for - leading you towards more information on subject matters.

    Therein lies the rub that stressing the short quiz could divert people away from following the more mature material behind this (because of getting low scores).

    I'll avoid making a joke about the linking of space based propulsion systems to passion as I am sure there are a full range of puns that could come from doing so, and partially as I do view the rest to be worth a read by others and would hate to distract from what the text is leading towards.

    Ending nicely (having already been told today to play nice by a fellow colleague) , I hope the day brings excitement and a grin.

  • Dianna wrote Over a month ago
    Hi ravend - I hope that you have found the further resources on leadership motivation, from the links at the bottom of the quiz. The self quizzes are designed to be illustrative and guide people to further resources to continue their self exploration. Check out the links at the article.

    By way of background, this particular quiz draws on A. J. DuBrin's, Leadership: Research Findings, Practice and Skills (2nd edition) (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998). You might also be interested in checking this out.

    As for the Mind Tools article, the article titled Leadership Motivation Tools ( ... LDR_02.php ) presents three specific tools that you might also find interesting and helpful.

    Thanks for your comments. I hope the rest of the tools you read are insightful and provide you the learning and development opportunities you seek.

    Let me know if you have any questions and I'll help you find the resources to meet your needs.

    Best wishes
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