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Organizational Leadership

Organizational Leadership


The following Questionnaire has been designed to help you self-discover and rate your Leadership Competencies and Skills in all the core areas. These 100 fundamental Leadership Competencies – under 10 Skill Categories- are a unique compilation of knowledge and insights gleaned from the top leaders, executives, educators, and mentors in the world. As such, the following pages represent one of the most valuable checklists you will ever find on how to advance your journey toward becoming a far more powerful and effective LEADER.

Please read each statement carefully and then rate both your knowledge and daily application of your leadership capacities. Honestly … assess yourself by filling in your level of agreement with each statement in each Leadership Skills and Competencies Category, in accordance with the following four-point scale in each scoring column. 


Leadership Self- Awareness




1. Behavioural Style

I am aware of my basic behavioural style and how I naturally tend to interact with other people.

2. Blind Spots and Perceptions 

I have undertaken a reflective 360° review of how I am perceived by others around me – by asking my subordinates, supervisors, peers, mentors, or other related stakeholders in my “leadership ecosystem”.

3. Learning Style

I am aware of my personal learning style and how I best like to receive and absorb information to enhance my leadership development (e.g. reading/visual; auditory/listening; more experiential; kinesthetic/hands-on; etc.).

4. Core Motivation

I know what fundamentally “drives me”; and what motivates me the most as I strive to continue my leadership journey.

5. Personal Mission

I have a personal Mission Statement that I can readily put into words, that is able to express the purpose of my life and career, and which differentiates me from others.

6. Core Values

I can readily summarize my Core Values and the fundamental principles that are “the bedrock” on which I stand; and/or I have a Creed that describes what I strive to live by.

7. Vision

I have a clear vision of where I am headed over the next 10 – 20 years, and how to define my future success.

8. Knowing My Strengths

I know my personal strengths and the functional skills that I really enjoy using most.

9. Emotional Self-Awareness

I am attuned to my ever-changing feelings and my emotional state, and I have a rich vocabulary to describe my mood or my emotional reactions to constantly changing situations.

10. Emotional Self-Control

I am able to manage and/or control my emotional states. I have developed a set of skills to both harness my emotions and help me cope with pressure or under various emotional situations.


Communication Skills and Conflict Management




1. Listening

I am always “in the moment” with people I am talking to, and I think about and work hard on becoming a good and attentive listener.

2. Rushing to Judgement

I am able to clearly separate statements of fact from rushing to judgement, and I seldom confuse the messaging of facts with statements of subjective opinion or interpretation.

3. Clarity of Expectations

I make clear requests of others and I never leave people confused, uncertain or having to “mind read” or second guess what I am really trying to request.

4. Concise and Clear Communications

I am able to organize and encapsulate my verbal messages in ways that readily grab the attention of others; and I am able to convey what I am trying to say without “losing people” or frequently rambling. In other words … I am clear, concise and a good storyteller.

5. Body Language and Non-verbal Communications

I am aware of the “silent language of leaders”, and how my vocal tones, posture, other physical habits, and physical expressions either help or hinder my ability to communicate effectively.

6. Assertiveness

I have a clear understanding of the difference between assertive and aggressive communications, and I can distinguish the various forms of “meta-talk” or masked communications.

7. Reframing

I am aware of how to reframe conversations and how to use reframing and redirecting as effective leadership tools to enhance conversations.

8. Managing Confrontation

I am able to handle the most crucial conversations; and to manage difficult situations and people through skillful word choice and the gentle art of “verbal judo”.

9. Conflict Management

I welcome conflict as an opportunity for a healthy exchange of views or as a source of innovation and exploration of new ideas.

10. Dispute Mediation

I am aware of fundamental mediation techniques – such as separating an outward, initial position from an underlying core interest, and how to use interest-based problem-solving to resolve conflicts and issues.


Self-Discipline, Focus and Decision Making




1. Goal Setting

I always set, track, review, and reset goals for myself and the business around me – establishing goals that are quarterly, annually, and over longer terms.

2. Managing Procrastination

I know what most causes me to procrastinate; and I have established a mix of effective strategies to avoid putting off delayed actions.

3. Habits and Willpower

I know how to consciously and deliberately take my brain off of “auto-pilot”; and I am aware of the self-limiting beliefs, fears, and other stories that I tell myself, and which detract from my focus.

4. Self-Discipline and Focus

I know how to be a high performing manager of my own work, and how to plan, organize, delegate, monitor and execute my work so that it is on-time and on-task with minimal distractions and tangents.

5. Self-Organization

I constantly establish priorities, de-clutter, organize my day and my week, and group tasks into categories of “urgent” versus “important” in order to stay focused.

6. Meeting Management

My meetings with others are clearly planned, separated and orchestrated for maximum focus and impact; and people leave my meetings with renewed energy, direction, and clarity on who needs to do what in accordance with clear schedules, deadlines and action steps that are properly summarized.

7. Managing Ambiguity and Information

I am fully aware of how to apply “The 80/20 Rule” and I have no difficulty on when and how to avoid drowning in information and how to make effective decisions.

8. Decision-Making 

I have a complete toolbox – and am quite aware of – numerous problem-solving and decision-making methodologies and actions in order to carefully analyze and make smarter decisions.

9. Clear and Practical Thinking

I am aware of the many unconscious biases, illusions, and self-deceptions that I might make in my day-to-day thinking, and which may impede my ability to think clearly.

10. Resilience

I have a repertoire of deliberate actions and skills to help me bounce back from adversity or frustration, and I know how to consciously work at being resilient.


Relationship-Building and Social Intelligence




1. Executive Presence

I am aware of the key elements of projecting and creating “gravitas”, and on how to establish a strong executive image and presence.

2. Connections

I deliberately and regularly identify the key people that I want to grow, recognize, give feedback to, and connect with every week.

3. Showing Appreciation

I have a working knowledge of the five main languages or ways of showing appreciation, and I know how to be flexible and deliberate in demonstrating continuous and widespread appreciation.

4. Coaching and Giving Feedback

I am adept at various coaching skills to guide staff and colleagues, and I am well aware of the science and the art of giving effective feedback. 

5. Trust Building

I understand the basic formula for developing trust with others, and the key elements of creating trust with employees, clients, and others.

6. Social Intelligence

I am good at “reading people” and picking up various social cues and other nuances based on my interactions with others.

7. Relationships and Self-Confidence

I am in the right mindset to establish relationships with others, and I am able to approach my life and career with confidence and assurance.

8. Like-ability

I possess various social and interpersonal skills to connect effectively, and I know how to adjust my personal style to respond best to that of others. 

9. Networking Skills

I know how to network effectively, and how to glean valuable input and social information from others so I can apply that knowledge and networking to constantly build and refine my relationships.

10. Personal Accountability

I demonstrate a high degree of personal accountability in my daily life, and practice integrity in each moment.


Executing for Results




1. Setting Clear Expectations.

I establish very clear priorities for my team; ensuring that they are documented and broken down into specific, written expectations in the form of goals and measurable objectives.

2. Monitoring for Results.

I regularly monitor and check on progress; and I consistently ensure an ongoing briefing and review by all relevant team members. 

3. Providing Consequences.

I have no trouble in making others accountable for making and meeting commitments; and my team is able to recognize specific rewards and clear consequences with respect to their performance on each task they commit to us. 

4. Delegating.

I have no problem in delegating authority, and I know how to match the right amount of responsibility to others (i.e. put the right people in the right place to get things done).

5. Measuring and Reporting.

I establish key performance metrics that will help provide early warning signs or indicators of both strong and weak performance; and that are measured and reported regularly for each team member.  

6. Risk Management.

I continuously challenge my team to look out for major risks, and to develop plans to prepare for dealing with these potential risks and contingencies. 

7. Coaching for Success.

I have developed a personal discipline to maintain accountability by meeting at least weekly or bi-weekly with each of my key team members, and I also hold other monthly, quarterly and/or annual review sessions or retreats to help my organization stay on track.

8. Constant Re-learning.

I ensure that after the completion of every major Goal or Project, our team conducts a comprehensive “Lessons Learned Review” which will document things to either continue, change or do differently in all future endeavours. 

9. Ownership Thinking.

I have developed incentives and a compensation system to help instill “ownership thinking” and to ensure that team members develop a mindset for a shared commitment to our sustainability and why we exist as a business. 

10. Avoiding Complacency.

I challenge others to stretch beyond their internal comfort zones, and we have established Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG’s) for our organization that will never let us rest on our past laurels.


Persuasion and Influence




1. Motivation.

I know specifically what motivates each of my team members, and I view my role as primarily to encourage them and remove obstacles out of their way. 

2. Logic.

People say that if someone disagrees with my plan, they should have their facts and arguments straight because I do not act without logic and reason. 

3. Collaboration.

I know how to ask great questions, and I work hard to facilitate collaborative thinking so as to exercise consensus-building and finding common ground.

4. Influence without Authority.

Many of my most important achievements have been obtained through partnerships and forging alliances and longstanding loyalties with people who don’t even work directly for me. 

5. The Power of Reciprocity.

I understand the importance of giving away my time and talent wherever possible, and I know how to exercise a “healthy give and take” and make “win/win” agreements.  

6. Passion.

I am adept at making my team feel passionate about our business and inspiring others. 

7. Courageous Followership.

I know how to be a “courageous follower”; and how to skillfully speak the necessary truth to power and achieve collaboration across silos and upward to my boss.

8. Salesmanship.

I know how to “close a sale” by effectively guiding people toward a point of view, and how to get people on board by addressing all their concerns in a tactful manner.  

9. Diplomacy and Tact.

I am seen as a diplomatic, considerate and well-mannered person, and I know how to get my points across without being accused of “rubbing them the wrong way.” 

10. Negotiation Skills.

I am a good negotiator. I know this because when negotiating, I regularly obtain significant movement from the other side while still receiving goodwill, cooperation, and even compliments from them afterward. 


Team Work and Innovation




1. Team Design and Fundamentals

The teams that I lead are tightly bonded, and much more than just a group of people.

2. Deliberate Structuring and Evolution of Teams

I carefully pick and monitor my teams; and I take deliberate steps and manage processes to transform them in deliberate steps and actions to more effective and grow over time.

3. Trust Building

I use various techniques to nurture and increase trust levels within my team; and team members exhibit honesty, openness, and vulnerability to each other. 

4. Team Diversity

My teams are a diverse mix of various types of people and talents – by skills sets, background, gender, experience, and behavioural styles. 

5. Healthy Conflict

I encourage healthy conflict to regularly occur within my team, in order to promote rigorous discussion, mutual accountability and constant innovation. 

6. Collaborative Processes

I maintain various processes and systems to ensure team communication, and I have a disciplined way of ensuring proper “buy-in” and “keeping the right people in the loop”.

7. Challenging the Team

I constantly challenge my team, and encourage them to find new ways of doing things better, faster, and more efficiently and effectively. 

8. Creativity and Resourcefulness

My team members surprise and excite me with resourceful solutions and creative, fresh new ideas that none of us would have come up with by ourselves. 

9. Avoiding Group Think

My teams often are able to think “out of the box” and we rarely suffer from “group think” or deferential compliance.

10. Celebration and Momentum

My teams celebrate success early and often, and we have a team spirit and high morale where “success breeds success”.


Shaping Culture and Organizational Change




1. Corporate Folklore

There is a common “folklore” in our organization, and a shared story that talks about our early history and development

2. Our Look and Feel as a Culture

The design and décor in our facilities intentionally support and shapes our organizational culture. 

3. Cultural Rituals and Events

We have regular social events, rituals, meetings, and/or assemblies that support human connections across all levels and staffing; and we have developed this into a corporate calendar. 

4. Code of Conduct

There exists a written organizational Code of Conduct used by all our teams to manage interactions and reinforce our corporate values. 

5. Meeting Management

Our meetings are well managed, with widespread knowledge across our organization on how to run the most effective meetings. 

6. Factions, Silos and Cliques

Our organization integrates very well – without a lot of silos, barriers or separate cliques.

7. Continuous Improvement and Change Management

Continuous improvement happens at all levels in our organization, with a positive and shared sense of urgency most of the time.

8. Being the “Chief Example Officer”

I try to personally embody the desired culture, philosophy, and attitudes that we want to see in our organization.

9. Informal Leadership

When change is critical, I have a cohesive team of trusted people at all levels of the organization that I can count on to come together and make things happen. 

10. Eye on the Prize

We frequently create and celebrate various short-term “wins” to keep our organization energized to drive more change. 


Thinking Strategically and at a Higher Level




1. Living in the Future

I anticipate and think constantly about the future state of my organization.

2. Shaking Things Up

I make a habit of challenging the status quo in my organization, and I always guard against becoming too complacent.

3. Scanning the Horizon

I always scan and collect multiple sources of information, look for trends, and try to “connect the dots” as to how we may learn from other organizations and even our competitors.

4. Playfulness and Experimentation

I am not afraid to launch “controlled experiments” or to establish a pilot project to test new ways to solve organizational problems.

5. Dealing with Uncertainty

I am OK with not knowing all the answers; and I am comfortable with decision-making while not having all the complete information to support my decision. 

6. Paradoxical Thinking

I am comfortable with keeping an open mind, and I am able to hold one or more competing ideas open in my mind all at the same time. (This is called paradoxical thinking to help find innovative solutions).

7. Establishing a Corporate Vision

I can clearly visualize future success, and I know how to create models and pictures of the future as a tool for planning and achieving goals. 

8. Cutting to the Chase

I am able to sift through a lot of “informational clutter”, and I can identify the key issues and separate out the non-essential aspects when I am solving problems.

9. Curiosity and the Art of the Question

I have a “toolbox” of good questions, and I use a constant flow of questions to enliven the thinking of others and to challenge and stimulate others around me.

10. Thinking Like a Helicopter

I am able to practice “helicopter thinking” – i.e. from paying close attention to details to zooming up and being able to relate what I see to more strategic possibilities and “the bigger picture”.


Positive Psychology




1. Balance 

I have a good balance of work, play, and rest; and I am able to achieve pleasure through various recreational pursuits, in addition to my commitment to the work and my organization. 

2. Purpose and Meaning 

I know what gives me a sense of real purpose and true meaning to my life, and I have designed my career to allow me to do what I find most meaningful.

3. “In the Zone”

I find myself in situations when I can be completely immersed in an experience, and where my activities are so fun, interesting, and challenging that time evaporates, and I am just “wrapped up in the moment”. 

4. Using My Strengths

I am fully aware of my strengths and am able to practice and build upon them to my maximum capacity.

5. Physical Intelligence

I am aware of how the physical health of my body affects my mental state, and I work on the importance of physical exercise, good nutrition and proper sleep to enhance my mental wellness. 

6. Emotional Intelligence

I am aware of how I feel, and how my emotions can affect my words, actions, decisions, and relationships. In other words, I give myself permission to feel and to develop “a relationship with my emotions”.

7. Belonging

I connect with a strong blend of close family, friends and a support network where I can relax, spend quality time with and enjoy regularly.

8. Slowing Down

I take the time to “just notice” and pay attention to the everyday little things as part of a more mindful life.

9. Gratitude

I make a habit and a practice of expressing gratitude and being grateful to others.

10. Spiritualism

I take the time to experience curiosity and feel awe about Nature; and/or I seek spiritual inspiration to gain perspective and wonder beyond my own self-interests.

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