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.

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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 (46)
  • Michele wrote This week
    Hi Anthony,

    Some of my greatest learning about leading teams comes from being a member of a team - what not to do and what actions lead teams to greater performance. Being flexible and assigning a new leader to a team that has the skills to achieve great results is a good strategy.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Anthony wrote This week
    I am highly interested in leading. I experience this issue when get involved in various teamworks. In such cases, if I am a leader the team's performance could be high. Conversely, if I delegate this role to those who are not ready to be leaders we are at risks. There are still some exceptions when I am not the expert in a specific area, I will delegate a new team leader who can help the team's performance greater. We are flexible providing to reach the highest performance.
  • Michele wrote This month
    Hi samanthamiller,

    There is a lot of pressure, particularly from the business press, to advance to leadership positions. I have seen many cases where people took on leadership roles because they thought that this was expected of them ... and they were miserable.

    It is terrific that you know what you want.

    Mind Tools Team
  • samanthamiller wrote This month
    At this point in my life I really do not want to lead. I just want to be a significant part of a well developed team.
  • Yolande wrote Over a month ago
    That's great to hear, Yvette. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Yvette wrote Over a month ago
    I enjoy leading people and development of my staff is extremely important to me. Yvette Rosendo
  • Iyesaga wrote Over a month ago
    Stagnation affected my leadership ability a lot and I am not happy when I got stuck for too long.
  • Midgie wrote Over a month ago
    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 Over a month ago
    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 Over a month ago
    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
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