Leadership Self-Assessment


Take a minute to look at yourself as a leader. Do you have the
qualities to make a valuable leader to your group? Review the leadership qualities and put yourself to
the test. After you have looked at yourself as a leader, answer
the following questions

Attributes . . .

  • Do I view problems as opportunities?
  • Am I a priority setter?
  • Am I customer focused?
  • Am I courageous?
  • Am I a critical and creative thinker?
  • What is my tolerance for ambiguity?
  • Am I positive attitude towards change?
  • Am I committed to innovations that are best for children?

Skills . . .

  • Do I debate, clarify, and enunciate my values and
  • Can I fuel, inspire, and guard the shared vision?
  • Can I communicate the strategic plan at all levels?
  • Do I recognize the problems inherent to the planning
  • Do I ask the big picture questions and “what
  • Can I support the school staff through the change
  • Do I encourage dreaming and thinking the unthinkable?
  • Can I align the budget, planning, policies and
    instructional programs with the district goals and
  • Do I engage in goal setting?
  • Can I develop and implement action plans?
  • Do I practice and plan conscious abandonment?
  • Do I transfer the strategic planning process to planning?

Knowledge . . .

  • Do I know board and superintendent roles and
    responsibilities in planning and implementing plans?
  • Do I know the strategic planning process, short and long
    term planning tools?
  • Do I know the board and district vision, beliefs, and
  • Do I know the relationship of the budget to district
  • Do I know local, state, and national factors that affect
  • Do I know the best practices and research on improving
    academic achievement?
  • Do I know the process of change and paradigm shifts?
  • Do I know the strategies to involve and communicate with
    the community?

What trait were you proud to say describes you?

Was there any trait you would not consider desirable?

What trait are your trying to make more descriptive of you?

For Improved Advocacy

State your assumptions, and describe the data that led
to them

  • Explain your assumptions
  • Make your reasoning explicit
  • Give examples of what you propose, even if they
    are hypothetical or metaphorical
  • As you speak, try to picture the other
    person’s perspectives on what you are saying
  • Publicly test your conclusions and assumptions

What to say:

  • Here’s what I think and here’s how I
    got there
  • I assumed that…
  • I came to this conclusion because…
  • If I enter a classroom this is what I might
  • What do you think about what I just said?

Tools For Improved

Gently find out what data they are operating from.

  • Use unaggressive language, ask in a way that does
    not provoke defensiveness.
  • Draw out their reasoning. Find out as much as you
    can about why they are saying what they are
  • Check your understanding of what they have said.
  • Listen for new understanding that may emerge.
    Don’t just be thinking about your response.

What to say

  • What leads you to conclude that?
  • What causes you to say that?
  • Instead of “What’s your proof?”
    say, “Can you help me understand your
    thinking here?”
  • What is the significance of that?
  • How does this relate to your other concern?
  • Can you describe a typical example?
  • Am I correct that you’re saying….

Tools for when you
are at an impasse

Embrace the impasses, and tease apart the current

  • Look for information that will help people move
  • Ask what logic or data might change their views.
  • Avoid speaking from a different point of view.

What to say:

  • What do we know for a fact?
  • What don’t we know?
  • What do we agree upon, and what do we disagree
  • What, then would have to happen before you would
    consider alternatives?


  • Journal keeping
  • Portfolios of selected documents produced in the
    course of their work
  • Performance indicators related to goals and
    activities of professional plan
  • Surveys
  • Mentors as “critical friends”

Leadership Behavior

1. Establish a clear direction

a. Envision the future

b. Focused attention

c. Articulate values

d. Enlist others

2. Communicate, communicate, communicate

a. Provide meaning

b. Utilize all forms

c. “Fire in belly”

3. Position the Organization

a. Build trust (encourage the heart)

b. Reliability and constancy

c. Plan small wins

d. Recognize contributions

e. Celebrate accomplishments

4. Development of self

a. Set the example (walk like you talk)

b. Positive self-regard

c. Focus on winning

d. Search for opportunities

e. Experiment and take risks

5. Empower followers/members

a. Establish clear buy-in

b. Foster collaboration

c. Develop a supportive environment

The tasks of leadership:

  • Leaders establish vision and set direction
  • Leaders affirm and articulate values
  • Leaders have high standards and high expectations
  • Leaders are accountable
  • Leaders motivate
  • Leaders achieve unity
  • Leaders involve others indecision-making
  • Leaders serve as role models
  • Leaders listen and explain
  • Leaders represent the organization
  • Leaders guide constituents and maintain their support

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About KappaDiva
Learning Leader Tech Ed Advocate Empassioned Educator Perpetual Student Professional Learner Chief Learning Officer Tonya is a learning leader, instructional design, performance support and multimedia communications professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, instructional design and training, web and creative design, internal and external marketing, PR and communications, social media, service excellence, leadership development and non-profit operations management. She is currently Director, Staff Learning & Development, Teach For America; President, A2ATD; principal and Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Beta Technology & Instruction; grad student at The University of Michigan; and author of the Learning Leader Blog (www.learningleader.org,) an emerging technologies resource for 21st century educators. She current is living in Macomb County, MI, with her cat and several Mac and iOS devices.

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