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A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs.
Robert Townsend

Someone rightly said that a leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of a visionary and idealist. I completely agree with this statement. You also must have observed many leaders talking about dreams, hopes, and tomorrows, which indeed motivates people for a better future. Whether they achieve it or not is a different matter altogether. Some of you may have different viewpoints regarding leadership, which is fine, because there are different leadership styles, and people have their own preferences. What remains a fact, however, is that no kind of leadership is considered good or bad. Before we discuss leadership styles, you should take the following quiz to know more about your personal leadership characteristics.

Quiz to Determine your Leadership Style

Given below is a list of questions that will help you determine your individual style of leadership. All questions need to be answered to reach a result. There are no right or wrong answers; you should choose the option that strikes closest to home.

1. Do you have the final say in decisions made within the group?
  • A. Always
  • B. Sometimes
  • C. Never
2. Do you consider the suggestions of other group members?
  • A. Never
  • B. Sometimes
  • C. Always
3. Do you take the final decisions in the group?
  • A. Always
  • B. Sometimes
  • C. Never
4. Do you punish group members for their mistakes?
  • A. Always
  • B. When Needed
  • C. Rarely
5. Do you keep a watch to see what group members are doing?
  • A. Always
  • B. Rarely
  • C. Never
6. Do you accept inputs from group members?
  • A. When I Have Time
  • B. Frequently
  • C. Every Time
7. Do you seek advice from your group members?
  • A. Never
  • B. Frequently
  • C. Always
8. Do you involve group members in the decision-making process?
  • A. Never
  • B. Sometimes
  • C. Always
9. Do you tell group members what needs to be done, and how it has to be done?
  • A. Always
  • B. Occasionally
  • C. Never
10. In a meeting, do you act as the spokesperson of the group?
  • A. Yes
  • B. Sometimes
  • C. No
11. Do you settle conflicts when they occur in the group?
  • A. Always
  • B. If Required
  • C. Never
12. Do you refuse to explain your decisions or actions to the group?
  • A. Always
  • B. Rarely
  • C. Never
13. Do you always make group members follow rules and regulations?
  • A. Always
  • B. Occasionally
  • C. Rarely
14. What do you do if no one is contributing in a meeting?
  • A. I don't mind. I just assign tasks and duties to who I feel is most competent.
  • B. I make the first contribution, and encourage the others to contribute as well.
  • C. I wait for a group member to say something before speaking.
15. Do you expect members to follow your directions?
  • A. Always
  • B. Frequently
  • C. Rarely


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As we mentioned above, there are no right or wrong answers. Depending on the situation, the ideal type of leadership will change. A good and effective leader will understand and practice all these types of leadership, and, more importantly, know when to use which style of leadership. His credibility, effectiveness, and charisma depends on how aptly he chooses a leadership style and how he executes it.