The Leadership Motivation Assessment

Discover How Motivated You Are to Lead

Test your leadership skills

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Do you really want to be a stand-out leader?

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 really want to lead, you'll struggle to convince people that you are worth following.

Leaders create the vision and set the direction for their organizations. But it is their ability to motivate and inspire people that allows them to deliver that vision. So, how much do you want to lead? This quiz will help you find out.

How to Use the Tool

Instructions

To use this tool, show the extent to which you agree with each of these statements, on a scale running from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree. For each question, click the button in the column that most applies. Then, click the "Calculate My Total" button to add up your score. Next, check your result using the "Score Interpretation" panel below. We then direct you to resources that you can use to explore and develop your motivation to lead.

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14 Statements to Answer

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree 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
14-27

This implies a low motivation to lead.

28-55

This implies some uncertainty about 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). P. 10-11.

Now that you have the results of this self-test, read on to decide how to move forward.

Low Motivation to Lead

If you are considering taking on a leadership role, but your score indicates that you have a low motivation to lead, there are a number of factors for you to explore.

Perhaps you feel that you don't have the right skills to be a leader. If that's the case, you can identify and develop leadership skills with our article, What a Real Leader Knows . If you're not sure what's holding you back, you can find strategies to "get you going" in our article, Leadership Motivation Tools .

If you've examined your motivation and desire, and decided that leadership is not for you, our article on Finding Career Direction will help you identify the kind of work that does motivate you.

Uncertainty About Your Motivation to Lead

If your score indicates that you are uncertain about your motivation to lead, you might just need a nudge in the right direction. You may be a leader going through a difficult patch, or you may want to lead but doubt your ability and self-confidence to do so.

It might be helpful to get a reminder of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, or to find out if you do have the skills to lead. Our leadership skills quiz can help you do this. And you'll find tips on building self-confidence in this video .

If you want to lead, you should explore the idea of Transformational Leadership . That means being a role model for your team and living up to the standards you expect of others, motivating your people to buy into and deliver your vision, and create a process where you and your team members raise one another to the highest level.

Strong Motivation to Lead

If you've found that you are strongly motivated to lead, and you're already a leader – great! If you're not already a leader, this is definitely an area you should investigate as you plan your career.

Your score shows that you want to be a leader and that you've got the confidence to do it. So, what are your next steps to realizing that ambition? First, learn the foundations of leadership with our article, Core Leadership Theories , and, as we mentioned above, demonstrate Transformational Leadership .

Key Points

Leadership is not something to be entered into half-heartedly. You have to be highly motivated to do it effectively. Your people will soon pick up on any hesitancy or doubts you may have about your desire to lead, which will impact their confidence in you.

The rewards of leadership can be great, but so is the level of responsibility and hard work that goes with it. And a leader needs to be more than a hard worker – he or she must also be able to motivate and inspire people to deliver a vision.

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Comments (123)
  • This week Michele wrote
    Hi carolynw81,

    We're glad that you found the quiz helpful and we hop that you discovered whether you are motivated to take on a role with leadership responsibilities.

    Michele
    Mind Tools Team
  • This week carolynw81 wrote
    this quiz was helpful
  • This month Yolande wrote
    Hi Michael

    Thanks for your comment. Leading people who maybe don't want to be led by you is tough - you're right. I think that's where the motivation becomes important: is the leader willing to persevere because their motivation to lead is high enough, or do they give up because their motivation to lead isn't all that high?

    Why not come over to the forums - this is an interesting topic to talk about some more. You'll find the forums over here: https://www.mindtools.com/forums/index.php

    Yolandé
    Mind Tools Team
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