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Take the Quiz: Are You a Leader for Life?

Take the Quiz: Are You a Leader for Life?

By: Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, co-authors of Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2012)

What are the qualities of great leaders? How can you improve your leadership skills and be an effective leader, especially during an economic downturn?

In this excerpt from their book, best-selling author Ken Blanchard and co-author Mark Miller offer their personal assessment for leadership, based on their GROW leadership model.

Rate each statement below using the following scale:

5=Completely Agree; 4=Partially Agree; 3=Neither Agree nor Disagree; 2=Partially Disagree; 1=Completely Disagree

Gain Knowledge

I know my own strengths and weaknesses.

I know the people I lead on a deep level (personally and professionally).

I know my industry extremely well.

I have a high level of mastery of the principles and practices of leadership.

I have a detailed, written personal development plan.

Reach Out to Others

I am always looking for ways to invest in the growth of others.

I have ongoing mentoring relationships with emerging leaders.

I frequently see and seize teachable moments.

I frequently share what I’m learning with others.

I have developed a high level of mastery communicating my point of view on leadership.

Open Your World

In constantly look for opportunities to grow at work.

I constantly seek new experiences outside the workplace.

I have a mentor(s) who helps me grow.

I am always looking for additional opportunities to lead.

I see every day as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Walk toward Wisdom

I consistently tell myself the truth regarding my leadership.

I actively seek feedback from those I know to be truthtellers.

I have a group of people I trust to give me counsel on important issues.

I have mastered the art and discipline of asking profound questions.

I am fully committed to a lifelong pursuit of wisdom.

Summary: Evaluate your Results

In case you were wondering, there is no value in the assessment you just completed – the value lies in what you do next. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

Look at the four sections of the assessment. How can you do more in the area in which you scored the highest?

Next, look at the area in which you are the least proficient today. Pick on item – just one – and create a plan.

For example, if you realized that in the Walk toward Wisdom section you don’t have a group of people you can trust to give you counsel on important issues, you can start today forming a personal board of directors.

Or, if you had a low score on frequently sharing what you’re learning with others, think of someone you can meet with to share what you’ve learned.

After you’ve successfully done one thing, choose another. When you’ve done them all, start over and do them again. Don’t stop. The point is to stay on the journey.

If there were a bonus question, we can think of one that is worth more than the twenty you just read. It is this: Do you want to be a leader for life?

That is the question that really matters. If you remember only one thing from our book, we hope that it is this: Your capacity to GROW determines your capacity to lead!

Re-printed from the book, Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life with the permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012

Read more from Ken Blanchard on leadership: Improve Leadership Skills

Authors Bios
Ken Blanchard
, co-author of Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life, is one of the most influential leadership gurus in the world, respected for his groundbreaking work in leadership and management.  He is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including the blockbuster international bestseller The One Minute Manager® and the giant business bestsellers Raving Fans and Gung Ho! His books have combined sales of more than 20 million copies in 27 languages.

Ken is the cofounder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm. Connect with Ken Blanchard on Facebook and Twitter here and here.

Mark Miller, co-author of Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life, is vice president, training and development, for Chick-fil-A. During his career he has served in corporate communications, restaurant operations, quality and customer satisfaction, and numerous other leadership positions. He began his Chick-fil-A career in 1977 working as an hourly team member.

He is the author of The Secret of Teams and the coauthor of The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do with Ken Blanchard.

Follow Mark Miller on Facebook and Twitter.