Assessing Leadership Capabilities

Assessing ones leadership capabilities can give insight into who one is and their potential as they progress through life. Several surveys were taken to assess my leadership capabilities that were broken down by trait, skills, and style. The overall results of the surveys were not surprising to me but gave a better insight into who I am and what I can do.

There are many different theories into what makes a good leader. Although not everyone can agree on exactly what that is; there are many different ways to determine what kind of leader you are. Peter Northouse goes over different types of leadership models in his book Leadership: Theory and Practice. In this book there are ways to assess leadership capabilities through surveys. The surveys that were taken to assess my leadership traits, skills, and style are the five-factor trait model, skills inventory, behavioral style questionnaire, and contingency theory.

Five Factor Trait Model – IPIP-NEO
The five factor trait model is broken down into five traits, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness. My results were compared to other females between the ages of 21 – 40 who are from the U.S.
In extraversion, I had scored average. Extraversion is further divided into friendliness, gregariousness, assertiveness, activity level, excitement-seeking, and cheerfulness. Within these sub categories I had scored a wide range of scores ranging from as high as 90 to as low as 11. My friendliness score was high with a score of 67. I scored a low 11 for gregariousness. For both assertiveness and activity level a high score of 90 and 82 respectively was given. I scored 71 for excitement-seeking and finally 50 for cheerfulness.
Agreeableness is broken down into trust, morality, altruism, cooperation, modesty, and sympathy. I scored average overall for agreeableness but for each of...

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