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Dominant Leadership Styles – Leading Others and Leading Through Others

Leading Others is an individually-driven form of leadership based upon the self-enrollment, alignment, and commitment of an organization to a vision led by a single (or a few) influential individuals.

Leading Through Others is a collaboratively driven form of leadership where employee involvement is maximized in the process of achieving a vision.


What is Your Leadership Style?

What is your probable dominant leadership style? Take a guess.

Leading Others ____ Leading Through Others ____ Not Certain ____

Based on your selection above, circle where you believe you dominantly operate in leadership roles (Select and circle only even numbers below)

individually driven vs collaboratively driven

Leadership Styles

Make a choice below along the spectrum from 0 to 10 that represents your dominant style, even though you may do both on occasions. (Circle even numbers only)

1. When assigned to a leadership role, I tend (prefer) to:
Provide strong individual leadership 0   2   4   6   8   10 Create a team to determine roles and responsibilities
2. In the business/community environment, I prefer relationships based upon:
Position and title 0   2   4   6   8   10 Informal relationships
3. In leadership roles, I tend to be most effective in communication by:
Inspiring others to achieve an objective 0   2   4   6   8   10 Creating group agreement for achieving an objective
4. In leadership roles, I function most effectively by interacting with others:
Only as is necessary 0   2   4   6   8   10 Often, whether necessary or not
5. As a team/committee leader faced with a crucial decision, my preference would be to:
Get input and make the final decision 0   2   4   6   8   10 Hold an open discussion and accept the team decision
6. When faced with a difficult problem/situation that requires immediate attention, I tend to:
Take action on my own 0   2   4   6   8   10 Get the opinion of others
7. As a team/committee leader, I function most effectively by:
Assigning roles based upon team member competencies 0   2   4   6   8   10 Using group collaboration for each team member’s role
8. Where I am exceptionally competent, my preference would be to:
Develop strategy and modify it based upon input from others 0   2   4   6   8   10 Develop strategy in conjunction with others
9. My leadership implementation style is to have:
Excellent managers(volunteers) in key positions to run key functions 0   2   4   6   8   10 High employee (volunteer) involvement and minimize the need for managers
10. In starting a new business venture, I would prefer to:
Seek competent people and make the major decisions myself 0   2   4   6   8   10 Seek competent partners and jointly make the major decisions

Add only the even numbers you circled and enter your total _______________.


Interpretation of Scores:

If your score is 0 – 25, your dominant style is leading others.

These individuals have a dominant leadership style that strongly focuses on followship. They are typically self-confident, charismatic, and influential individuals. Their decision-making tends to be individualistic, timely, and based on their position of influence in the organization. The essence of leadership is convincing and enrolling others in achieving their vision.

If your score is 26 – 50, your preferred style is leading others.

These individuals prefer to play a strong leadership role in accomplishing workplace responsibilities. Though group input is an important element in their decision-making process, they ultimately rely on personal judgment to make important final decisions. The essence of leadership is a personal vision of the future, influenced by significant input from others.

If your score is 51 – 75, your preferred style is leading through others.

These individuals prefer to lead through engaging and organizing others to achieve their workplace responsibilities. They tend to develop informal, long-term working relationships. They solicit and rely on employee input for important decision-making. The essence of leadership is developing in-depth relationships based upon trust as the means of achieving their vision.

If your score is 76 – 100, your dominant style is leading through others.

These individuals have a dominant leadership style that strongly focuses on group cohesiveness. They tend to believe that the essential element of continuing success is the quality of interpersonal interaction among people. Decision-making is based upon extensive group involvement, discussion, and agreement. The essence of leadership is the creation and achievement of the vision through group alignment and consensus.


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