Leadership Style Quiz

Most people don’t know why they’re either effective or ineffective leaders. Or why they’re able to effectively lead one group but not another. Did you know there are 3 primary leadership styles? None of them are bad but knowing when to use each style is critical to effective leadership. The first step is finding out what your primary leadership style is and you can discover that by taking our Leadership Style Quiz below.

What’s Your Leadership Style: Credible, Approachable or Charismatic?

Take the quiz below to find out which leadership style is your default, from there you can learn how and when to use each.

This quiz aims to help identify the styles you use most or least. Listed below are some statements about different behaviors. Indicate how much these describe you or are true for you, by selecting an answer from 1 – 5 below each statement. There are no right or wrong answers.

The numbers 1 – 5 represent the following ratings:

1 = never true for me

2 = hardly ever true for me

3 = sometimes true for me

4 = fairly often true for me

5 = most of the time


My focus is on productivity, achieving goals and targets.


Taking care of my people takes priority over tasks at hand.


I’m comfortable with power and I seek higher positions.


I expect to be promoted on the merit of my work and reputation.


I like change, anything new and different, lots of options, choices.


I’m more comfortable following tried and trusted procedures.


I like a good challenge and enjoy working by myself, independently.


I’m a great team player and enjoy the comfort of working in a group.


I love to make decisions, take risks and act from gut instinct.


I like to seek everyone’s views and gather information before deciding.


Inventing new solutions and dreaming up new strategies excites me.


I love nothing better than problem solving.


Competition motivates me and brings out my best qualities.


I never feel qualified enough, despite years of study and experience.


I don’t like rules, punishment, or being managed.


I prefer set procedures, routines, and satisfying clear requirements.


I need to be in control and prefer to have my own project or area.


I love camaraderie, everyone getting along and working together.


It’s not what you know, it’s who you know that counts.


Friendly relationships and loyal camaraderie are what I value and trust.

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If you'd rather use a printed version, here is the PDF version of the quiz. 


The above quiz is a leadership style quiz that is adapted from our “Charisma – The Art of Relationships (Cat and Dog)” program. It is developed by Arielle Essex in London. If you live in the UK, watch her web site for trainings — she is good! She can also be reached at this email: Arielle@havenhall.uk.