Are You a SMART Leader Quiz

Great leaders consistently produce results that 90% of their peer leaders in their smart_circlesame job or industry cannot. Research shows these leaders consistently perform the small set of complex behaviors listed.

Instructions – Answer every question using this four-point scale:

1 = rarely (less than 25% of the time)

2 = sometimes (25% to 50% of the time)

3 = often (50% to 90% of the time)

4 = always (90% to 100% of the time)

As you consider your answer, ask yourself how your boss and direct reports would score you on the same questions?  As a leader that’s the only score that matters.  Download a PDF of this quiz>

 

 

Your Answer

WHAT-Set Direction:

1-rarely

(<25%)

2-sometimes

(25%-50%)

3-often

(50%-90%)

4-always

(>90%)

  1. I feel clear about my personal purpose and the difference I want to make through my leadership.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____ 

  1. I communicate a high level of understanding of outside trends in the economy, technology and competitors, and how they may impact business threats and opportunities.

_____

_____ 

_____ 

_____ 

  1. I communicate a SMART leadership logic that connects our organization’s vision to strategy, to priorities, and to team and individual goals.

_____

_____ 

_____ 

_____ 

  1. I set relevant and aggressive goals by communicating competitive realities and opportunities. (SWOT)

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_____ 

_____ 

_____ 

 

 

1-rarely

(<25%)

2-sometimes

(25%-50%)

3-often

(50%-90%)

4-always

(>90%)

WHY-Motivate Creativity and Commitment:

 

  1. I avidly and consistently consider the needs and desires of both customers and employees as I set priorities.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I demonstrate integrity by aligning my words and actions with my personal values.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I promote positive innovation by being a strong advocate for customer value.

_____

_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I promote self-directed career development and personal well-being among employees.

 

_____

_____ 

_____ 

_____

 

 

1-rarely

(<25%)

2-sometimes

(25%-50%)

3-often

(50%-90%)

4-always

(>90%)

HOW-Agile Collaboration:

 

  1. I connect with my team members personally by knowing their personal goals and interests.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I invite contrary and out-of-the-box opinions by maintaining an open mind and acknowledging all contributions.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I constantly seek wide and deep stakeholder input in identifying problems, crafting solutions and executing initiatives.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I constantly remover barriers to goal achievement, help solve problems, provide resources and promote collaboration across functions/geographies.

_____

_____ 

_____ 

_____

 

 

1-rarely

(<25%)

2-sometimes

(25%-50%)

3-often

(50%-90%)

4-always

(>90%)

 

DO-Results Driven:

 

  1. I make it easy for my team/organization to succeed by simplifying complex or shifting goals.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I offer a constant flow of effective feedback to improve execution and develop team members.

_____

_____ 

_____ 

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  1. I schedule and conduct work sessions and meetings to support the energy, creativity and engagement of my team members.

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_____ 

_____ 

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  1. I maintain a high level of personal energy by ensuring my nutrition, exercise and sleep are optimal.

 

_____

_____ 

_____ 

_____

 

 

1-rarely

(<25%)

2-sometimes

(25%-50%)

3-often

(50%-90%)

4-always

(>90%)

REVIEW-Transformation:

 

  1. I promote a growth mindset where learning and improvement are openly supported.

_____

_____ 

_____ 

_____

  1. I am constantly upgrading the team by recruiting and promoting competent talent.

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_____ 

_____ 

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  1. I build confidence and enthusiasm by recognizing productive effort and continuous progress.

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_____ 

_____ 

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  1. I conduct regular reviews after milestones are either met or missed to learn, improve and ensure progressive success.

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_____ 

_____ 

_____

 

Scoring:

Smart leaders score at least one 4 (‘always’ >90%) in each of the three essential categories of great leader behaviors (direction, culture, results).  So if you score a 4 in one category you’ll have more success by focusing on moving something your good at—something you score a ‘3’ on—in a different category. True greatness comes from achieving balanced excellence in all 3 categories. It’s rare.