Leadership Style Quiz: What’s Yours?

You know it’s uncomfortable, so give up trying to emulate the leadership styles of the men in your organization. This leadership style quiz is the first step to freedom!

Yes, it’s as simple as that. Take this leadership style quiz and enter the land of the free. Freedom from imitating leadership styles that do not match who you are. Freedom from continuing to take leadership training or leadership development programs that focus on fitting you into a box. A box that basically erases what makes you different. A box that takes away the unique value you bring to your workplace.

The power of a leadership style quiz

Take this leadership style quiz and discover yours!! Stop trying to emulate the style of the men in your organization! Be you! Amplified!

Take this leadership style quiz and discover yours!! Stop trying to emulate the style of the men in your organization! Be you! Amplified!

Actually, the power of not just any leadership style quiz, but the Red Shoe Movement’s leadership style quiz, is that it was created with women in mind! We want to offer a glimpse into your style that you probably won’t get in traditional leadership training. The quiz will reveal something about your dominant style and also something about other leadership styles that intrigue you. Once you pinpoint your own style, you can easily incorporate elements of other leadership styles when the situation calls for it. Sometimes you can benefit from leadership development or leadership training and at other times, observation alone is enough. The key is to always respect your own style.

Definitions of leadership styles

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Here are the basic definitions of the most commonly identified leadership styles.

Autocratic: This manager makes decisions unilaterally without much input from employees, reflecting the opinions and personality of the manager.

Chaotic: This manager gives employees total control over the decision making process.

Consultative: An autocratic style in which the manager listens to feedback from employees and adjusts when necessary.

Democratic: The manager allows decisions to be made by the majority of employees. Decision-making is slow, but there is more employee buy-in.

Laissez-faire: The manager is a mentor and stimulator, and employees manage their own areas of the business.

Persuasive: An autocratic style in which the manager spends time working with employees to convince them of the benefits of the decision that has been made.

Persuasive leadership style definition. Find out what your style is with this leadership style quiz!

Persuasive leadership style definition

When is leadership development or leadership training useful?

Leadership development can help you recognize and respect your leadership style while remaining flexible enough to adopt certain traits from other styles depending on circumstances. Although successful leaders tend to have a trademark style, they know how to adjust to different situations by applying characteristics of other styles seamlessly. What you want to keep in mind is the difference between this behavior and completely adopting a style that does not fit your personality and core values.

Take the leadership quiz as well to complement the results of this one!

After you take this leadership style quiz and you have a good idea of what your natural leadership style is, it’s time to think about the following:

  • How comfortable do you feel with your style?
  • Are there elements of other leadership styles that you could adopt on an “as needed” basis to be a more effective leader?
  • Is your organization open to different leadership styles or does it favor leadership development or leadership training for future leaders to ensure that they all maintain a similar style?

So let’s get to it. Take the leadership style quiz and share your style via social media to inspire others to assert their own style. (Don’t forget to tag us #RedShoeMove) Nothing will help you grow faster in your career than being true to yourself.

The Leadership Style Quiz

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Communication Skills Quiz: A Self-Assessment

Improving communication skills can have a substantial impact on how well you do in your career. Take this communication skills quiz and find out how good your skills are!

What are good communication skills?

Without a doubt, good communication skills are among the most valuable life skills you can possess. (Recruiters agree!) They are the oil that greases every relationship.

Adapt your communication method to your audience. Take the Communication Skills Quiz!!

Adapt your communication method to your audience

Good communication skills involve the ability to craft a message and transmit it clearly so that the recipient understands what you mean and, if appropriate, can act on that information. It’s good to remember, however, that the communication process is a two-way street. It also involves the ability to listen to other people’s messages and discern their meaning. A good communicator not only has the ability to express thoughts and ideas but also to listen carefully to the messages of others.

The basic communication skills

Before you take this communication skills quiz let’s go over the basics: speaking, writing and listening skills. You may have great writing skills but not do so well when trying to convey your ideas in person. Or you may be able to communicate with large audiences but have trouble when it comes to listening skills. Your goal should be to attain a balance between all aspects of communication. (And obviously, a good way to measure how close you are to this goal is to take this communication skills quiz.)

Elements involved in the communication process

In a great article, Mind Tools, an online platform that offers wonderful career tools, explains the eight elements involved in the communication process. This is a great starting point for a conversation about improving communication skills.

The 8 Elements of Communication Process | Improving your communication skills

In this communication skills quiz we help you test the various elements of communication

Source: The person originating the message. In this case, you.

Message: The content you want to communicate.

Encoding: The process of transferring the information in a form that can be decoded by the receiver.

Channel: Method you use to communicate: Telephone, in person, video conferencing, email, etc.

Decoding: Understanding the content of the communication, unpacking the meaning.

Receiver: The individual or individuals to whom you deliver the message (and others who may receive it even if they weren’t the intended receiver.) As Mind Tools wisely points out, each of these receivers comes into the communication equation with their own set of ideas, experiences, and feelings that affect their ability to understand the message. You should always take this into consideration when crafting your message.

Feedback: It’s the information that comes back from your audience via verbal and nonverbal reactions.

Context: The situation in which your message is delivered.

Understanding these different elements can be useful in identifying where there might be a breakdown in communication. For example, given the lack of context, misunderstandings often take place via email or text message. As a rule, the moment you realize someone misinterprets something you said (mistaking humor for criticism, for instance) you should pick up the phone and clarify your intent. Context is easier established face-to-face where the other person can see your expression and gestures and perceive your tone of voice.

In addition, dissecting the communication process can provide insights on how you could communicate more effectively. If you notice that the lack of context often gets you in trouble, next time you could decide to provide more context in your written communications.

Improving communication skills can be very useful for career advancement

Improving communication skills can be very useful for career advancement

How to communicate effectively

Learning how to communicate effectively in the workplace can be the difference between having a great career or a mediocre one. As a matter of fact, in most cases, good communication skills are more important than intelligence. The difficulty arises, however, when you are not aware of your own shortcomings— something we are hoping to solve by offering this communication skills quiz.

Over the past few years, there has been a substantial increase in communication methods (channels.) Yet there’s little in terms of instruction on how to update your communication skills to fit the various new modalities. For instance, since the advent of text messaging, emoticons have replaced the non-verbal messages humans pass between each other during in-person interactions. But have you ever wondered if using a winky face on an email to a company executive is appropriate? How do you figure out how to communicate effectively without putting your job at risk?

Using informal language or an informal communication method to connect with a senior executive could be counterproductive. Photo Credit: imgarcade.com

Using informal language or an informal communication method to connect with a senior executive could be counterproductive.
Photo Credit: imgarcade.com

Why improving communication skills is key for career growth

It’s a fact that we all have different communication styles, and in general women have an altogether different style than men. This can lead to misunderstandings. (Think about women being called “too emotional” because they express their feelings about a decision that angers them.)

Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for women to have difficulty advancing in their careers due to the mere fact that they express themselves differently. Improving communication skills can help you convey your message in a way that it is heard. And this doesn’t mean you have to forgo your style to adopt a masculine style. Only that improving communication skills can contribute to your messages being decoded the way you intended.

So let’s get to it. Take the communication skills quiz now, and find out how great your communication skills are. With the results, you will receive additional ideas on how to communicate more effectively.

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Leadership Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

 What can a leadership quiz tell you about your leadership skills? Take it and find out!

How often do you come across online quizzes that you find yourself answering on the fly? Some of them are fun, some are silly, but the best of them make you think. That’s what we hope this leadership quiz does for you. We hope it makes you think about your leadership skills and your next career step.

Leadership Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

 

Three role models that reveal great female leadership skills. A leadership quiz can provide insights into your own leadership skills. Take it!

A leadership quiz can provide insights into your own leadership skills.

How useful can a leadership quiz be?

A leadership quiz like the one we designed for you can shed light on your inclination, interests, talents, listening skills (a critical leadership skill!) and leadership style. It’s a great way to explore your decision-making skills and whether you are in the right career track.

If, once you answer the leadership quiz you realize that your career could use some tweaks, don’t rush into anything. Do some thorough research before you make any life-changing decisions. Talk to your trusted board of advisors, your mentors, your colleagues, and your former bosses. Let this leadership quiz be the sparkle that ignites a conversation about where you want to go next and what you need to get there. For instance, we consider listening skills to be a very important aspect of a leader and they can be developed with the appropriate training.

Dr.Angelica Perez-Litwin, founder and CEO of the ELLA Institute applies her amazing leadership skills to encourage more women in technology

Dr.Angelica Perez-Litwin, founder and CEO of the ELLA Institute applies her amazing leadership skills to encourage more women in technology

Testing your leadership skills can be fun

The truth is that most of us take a leadership quiz with the hope of discovering something about ourselves that can amaze us and give us the courage to do things we didn’t think we could. (Or to corroborate that we have indeed fabulous leadership skills, or the best listening skills of anyone we know!)

So —although we wouldn’t suggest you give this leadership quiz the power to decide your future— we do highly recommend that you answer it as honestly as possible to get some insights into your leadership skills that can be useful when planning the next steps in your career.

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*We wish to thank James Estill of Procter & Gamble for his contributions to this quiz.

Career Test: Quiz Your Negotiation Skills!

By Mariela Dabbah and Susan Landon

Good negotiators know their worth, take this Career Test and Quiz your negotiation skills!

Good negotiators know their worth, take this Career Test and Quiz your negotiation skills!

We often hear that women do not have good negotiation skills. That they avoid negotiations at all cost.  Yet the truth is that we negotiate all the time outside of work. Constant practice makes us very good negotiators indeed. In addition, we have many innate characteristics such as our ability to build consensus, great listening skills, and empathy, all of which serve us well when it comes to being a good negotiator.  So it’s time to get rid of the old stereotype and show the world our great negotiation skills. Take this personality career test to find out how skilled you are at negotiation! Can you truly flaunt it? 😉

 

Good negotiators know their worth, take this Career Test and Quiz your negotiation skills!

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Take this Negotiation Skills Quiz to see how good a negotiator you are Credit www.pratt.duke.edu

Take this Negotiation Skills Quiz to see how good a negotiator you are Credit www.pratt.duke.edu

Career Quiz: Are you ready to move up the ladder?

Career Quiz: Are you ready to move up the ladder?

Career Quiz: Are you ready to move up the ladder?

Do you sometimes wonder whether you’re ready to move up the ladder?  Do you question your interest in taking on more responsibility or even going through any required training?

Undoubtedly, in order to move up the ladder you’ll need to take some risks and accept stretch assignments that present you with challenging situations. You might need to work extra hours and perhaps learn a new skill. The advantage is that more and more companies are looking for ways to promote their female and diverse talent. So if you have an inkling that you want to move up the ladder and expand your career opportunities this Quiz can help you assess how close from your goal you are. It will put you in touch with signs you ought to be looking for and strategies you may need to devise to move up the ladder in your career.  Go ahead, take it and then tell us how it went!

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Now, are you ready to find out if you have Executive Presence? Take our Quiz! 🙂