New Ideas In Leadership

Is leadership a lonely proposition? US Army Rangers.
Is leadership a lonely proposition? US Army Rangers. | Source

A First Step

This useful material is a supplement to my Hub concerning the qualities that are possessed and developed by Managers and by Leaders, and how these sets of qualities can differ.That Hub is entitled: The Difference Between a Manager and a Leader. Thanks for visiting.

Leadership Training

Many courses and seminars are conducted to increase leadership skills in attendees. NASA related companies run Space Camp® for corporate employees to determine which ones show leadership skills and which ones need some training and better understanding of these skills.

All in good fun, the space launch and exploration experience can be exciting and effective education all at once. Companies and individuals offer 100s of classes and experiences that are said to bring out leadership skills - one of these is the High Ropes Course used with at risk-youth and corporate executives as well. Many more venues exist, from the Sunday School class to US Federal Government branches to the Pre-K classroom. Which ones are correct and effective? Sometimes this is difficult to determine.

The following free assessment instrument is a simple and fun way to determine how much you and your friends and colleagues - even your coworkers, students, or employees - understand about the concept of Leadership as it is defined in the first decades of the 21st century.

A professional looking copy of this survey is included below for you to copy and print out for your own use. It can make a good foundation for a discussion about what defines a leader and differences exist between a Leader and a Manager.

An interpretation key is provided below the survey, but fill in the ratings you feel are accurate for each question or item and then add them all up to get you score. You may be surprised at your results, or you may not. You might want your boss to take this questionnaire as well.

Is This Leadership?

Half a league, half a league, half a league onward -- All in the valley of Death rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said: Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred. - Alfred, Lord Tennyson  (public domain)
Half a league, half a league, half a league onward -- All in the valley of Death rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said: Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred. - Alfred, Lord Tennyson (public domain)

A LEADERSHIP SURVEY

Rate the following survey items according to the Rating Options below. For example, if you slightly agree with Item 1, put a 4 in the blank in front of the number 1.

When you are finished with the survey, add up the point values and interpret your total rating with the Interpretation Key at the end of the survey.

Rating Options

Strongly disagree - 1 point
Disagree - 2 points
Slightly disagree - 3 points
Not Sure - 3.5 points
Slightly agree - 4 points 
Agree - 5 points
Strongly agree - 6 points

QUESTIONS

____1. Leadership is the set of behaviors by which one is able to guide people and activities toward specific goals.

____2. A good leader influences others through confidence, communications skills, awareness of one's impact on others, and one's own perceptions about different situations.

____3. Qualities of a leader are important and have social value.

____4. Within social values, political considerations, economic conditions, structure, and types of followers are all important factors that together determine a leader's ability to influence others.

____5. Leadership is very important to organizational success.

____6. Almost every aspect of work is influenced by leadership.

____7. The leader is responsible for attaining the overall team objective and keeping the team focused.

____8. Leaders have limitations.

____9. Good leadership is responsible for employee motivation.

___10. When you're under the jurisdiction of a good leader, you feel confident.

___11. Feeling confident as a result of good leadership builds morale within an organization.

___12. A good leader is selfish and puts his own goals above others'.

___13. A good leader will overcome objections to achieve cooperation from others, despite envy. People envy a good leader and refuse to cooperate at first.

___14. A good leader can serve as a friend, philosopher, and guide.

___15. Leading a team is not easy.

___16. Good leadership respects others.

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Interpretation Key

86 - 100 -- Top understanding of leadership qualities
76 - 85 -- Good leadership understanding
66 - 75 -- Needs some improvement in understanding
65 - Below -- Could benefit from some leadership training

Discussion of Results

I think this survey can be used as a facilitating document from which to begin discussions with friends and coworkers, and an impetus for beginning to look for more information about the concept of leadership and what it means.

The 21st century may bring changes to the definition and function of Leadership. We need to understand the particular world of work where we are employed and determine what leadership means in that specific world. Understanding this, we can begin to work to become successful in that world, or to position ourselves in such a way as to be able to change and mold that definition through our influence.

For additional fodder for discussion, below is the list of Top 20 Leaders & Revolutionaires of the 20th Century, taken from the Top 100 List from Time Magazine. You may consider some of them bad leaders or bad human beings. They are listed in alphabetical order:

Leaders Keep a Sense of Humor

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David Ben-Gurion

Ho Chi Minh

Winston Churchill

Mohandas Gandhi

Mikhail Gorbachev

Adolf Hitler

Martin Luther King

Ayatullah Khomeini

V.I. Lenin

Nelson Mandela

Pope John Paul II

Ronald Reagan

Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

Margaret Thatcher

An Unknown Rebel -- A lone man protested in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 06/5/1989. No one knew his name, but he bravely stood unarmed in front of a tank to stop it.

Margaret Sanger

Lech Walesa

Mao Zedong

Colin Powell's 13 Rules of Leadership

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Your Ideas & Opinions of Good Leaders 12 comments

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Nicole Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

Awesome hub, Patty Inglish MS! Keep up the great work. My overly simple idea of a leader is a person with the skills to get other skilled individuals to get the job done. The motivation of a good company is directly proportionate to how many good group leaders they have. I think you outlined the qualities of good leaders very well.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you for your insights, Nicole Winter! Some teams bicker and cannot get anything done at all. You sound like a leader to me. :)


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Prince Maak 8 years ago from Just Above the EARTH and below the SKY

Hi Patty, good hub again. 1-5, 2-6, 3-6, 4-6, 5-6, 6-6, 7-6, 8-6, 9-6, 10-6, 11-6, (12-1), 13-5, 14-5, 15-6, 16-6.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi Prince Maak! glad to see you again. :)


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kenderso 7 years ago from Phoenix

Great information. Leadership is such a vast subject and there's a lot of junk out there, even in book stores. Nice to read something credible.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

I sincerely thank you kenderso - I;ve been noticing self help books along these lines - huge print designed to take up more pages, and full of trite advise, some of which has never worked.


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M.L. Zupan 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

Great survey on leadership. As Peter J. Daniels would say, the ultimate test to see if you're a leader: "look behind you - is anybody following?"


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sir slave 5 years ago from Trinity county CA.

a manager is a corporate leader and a leader is a civic super-man!!


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s.foram 5 years ago from india

The fundamental meaning of leadership has not changed in all of recorded history.


ctbrown7 5 years ago

I would argue that the principles of good leadership are unchanging.


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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Leadership is the process of influencing another person by always respecting their freedom :)

Great hub! Voted up!!!


Ravi 2 years ago

Chandra Babu Naid is a great leader as per my knowledge.

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