Objective: To determine the degree that a person likes working
with tasks and people.
Time: 45 Minutes
learners complete the 18 items in the Questionnaire section.
Next, have them transfer their answers to the two respective columns
provided in the scoring section. Total the score in each column and
multiply each total by 0.2. For example, in the first column (People),
if the learner answered 5, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 5, 4, 3 then his or her final
score is = 33 X 0.2 = 6.6.
The total score for the fist column (people) is plotted on vertical
axis in the matrix section, while the total score for the second column
(Task) is plotted on the horizontal axis. For a sample, see Example.
Finally, have the learners intersect the lines to see in what leadership
dimension they normally operate out of:
- Team Leader
- Country Club
a list of statements about leadership behavior. Read each one carefully,
then, using the following scale, decide the extent to which it actually
applies to you. For best results, answer as truthfully as possible.
01. ____ I encourage
my team to participate when it comes decision making time and I try
to implement their ideas and suggestions.
02. ____ Nothing
is more important than accomplishing a goal or task.
03. ____ I closely
monitor the schedule to ensure a task or project will be completed in
04. ____ I enjoy
coaching people on new tasks and procedures.
05. ____ The
more challenging a task is, the more I enjoy it.
06. ____ I encourage
my employees to be creative about their job.
07. ____ When
seeing a complex task through to completion, I ensure that every detail
is accounted for.
08. ____ I find
it easy to carry out several complicated tasks at the same time.
09. ___ I enjoy
reading articles, books, and journals about training, leadership, and
psychology; and then putting what I have read into action.
10. ____ When
correcting mistakes, I do not worry about jeopardizing relationships.
11. ____ I manage
my time very efficiently.
12. ____ I enjoy
explaining the intricacies and details of a complex task or project
to my employees.
13. ____ Breaking
large projects into small manageable tasks is second nature to me.
14. ____ Nothing
is more important than building a great team.
15. ____ I enjoy
16. ____ I honor
other people's boundaries.
17. ____ Counseling
my employees to improve their performance or behavior is second nature
18. ____ I enjoy
reading articles, books, and trade journals about my profession; and
then implementing the new procedures I have learned.
the Questionnaire, transfer your answers to the spaces below:
|X 0.2 = ___________
||X 0.2 = ___________
|(multiple the Total
by 0.2 to get your final score)
the Total by 0.2 to get your final score)
final scores on the graph below by drawing a horizontal line from the
approximate people score (vertical axis) to the right of the matrix,
and drawing a vertical line from the approximate task score on the horizontal
axis to the top of the matrix. Then, draw two lines from each dot until
they intersect. The area of intersection is the leadership dimension
that you operate out of.
sample shows score of 4 in the people section and a score of 6 in the
task section. The quad where the two lines intersect is the leadership
style, in this case - Authoritarian section.
will give you an idea of your leadership style. But, like any other
instrument that attempts to profile a person, you have to take in other
factors, such as, how your manager and employees rate you as a leader,
do you get your job done, do you take care of your employees, are you
helping to "grow" your organization, etc.
You should review the statements in the survey and reflect on the low
scores by asking yourself, "If I scored higher in that area, would
I be a more effective leader?" And if the answer is yes, then it
should become a personal action item.
ask, "In order to get a perfect score I would have to max out statements
2 (Nothing is more important than accomplishing a goal or task)
and 14 (Nothing is more important than building a great team),
but this would be a paradox."
One of the
mottos of the U.S.Army is "People and mission first".
It means nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission and
nothing is more important than looking out for the welfare of the people.
A good leader can do both.
10 (When correcting mistakes, I do not worry about jeopardizing
relationships), some people might believe that a "people-person"
would put a low score to this question. They might believe that a "people-oriented"
person would not want to jeopardize a relationship. However, if a leader
really cared about the person, would the relationship (being friends)
be more important or would guiding the person on to the correct behavior
be more important? Lets put it in a "leader" relationship
- If you did not correct your learner's mistakes, would that make you
a better person? Probably not. Good leaders do what it takes to build
and develop the people around them. The "relationship" is
not what makes them tick, rather it is more about helping others to
helps to separate the "country club leaders" who want to be
friends with everyone; the "impoverish leaders" who are afraid
they might make waves; and the real "leaders" who are more
concerned with coaching others so that they become a valued member of
the team. That is, if the leader lets one of her peers continue with
the incorrect behavior, does this help or hinder the other members of
the team? It is best not to picture a leader as a friend, but as a person
who is concerned with the growth and welfare of others.
assess themselves? For studies, see Learner and Self Ratings.
A perfect score is a nine in both categories of People and Tasks. If
you gave yourself a perfect score or close to it, you are being too
easy on yourself - you cannot learn if you do not take a Critical Self
Reflection of yourself.
information on constructing models of this nature, see Modeling.
Reliability and Validity
Since this survey is a training tool, it has not been formally checked
for reliability or validity. However, since I have had a lot of feedback
from various training classes, other trainers, and various sources,
I feel that it is fairly accurate.