Today’s leaders must be conscious of both the individual and the team. They need to motivate others to meet the organisation’s values and goals and continually strive for betterment within themselves and in others.

So, how do you stack up?

Knowing where you stand as a leader is valuable, whether you gain those insights through a leadership style quiz or a peer review. We’ve created this leadership skills assessment to help determine your benchmark and see how effective further studies with an MBA could be.

Take this multiple-choice quiz to help you gain some perspective and find out if you are a good leader.

Question 1: When you think about your leadership style, which word sums you up?

Answer A: Supporter
Answer B: Supervisor
Answer C: Manager
Answer D: Commander

Question 2: You ask the team for feedback on your leadership skills. Some of their responses are unfavourable. What’s your next step?

Answer A: Thank them for their honesty. Identify actionable ways you can improve in those areas and share the feedback with the rest of the team.
Answer B: Do nothing. You feel too embarrassed to address any of the negative feedback.
Answer C: Speak directly to employees with negative opinions about you. Have an explanation ready for the critiques they made.
Answer D: You would never ask employees for feedback. They don’t understand the stress and responsibilities of a leadership role.

Question 3: A team member expresses interest in an upcoming project. However, they’re a little unsure of themselves and don’t have much experience in that area. What is your response?

Answer A: Thank them for showing initiative. Pair them up with another experienced team member who can work alongside them on the project and show them how it works.
Answer B: Agree to let them work on the project. They’ll figure out what they’re doing along the way — hopefully.
Answer C: Avoid further discussions because you don’t want to tell them they’re not ready. You’ll take on the project yourself.
Answer D: Refuse their request. This project is beyond their scope, and there’s already someone experienced who can handle it.

Question 4: You get an exclusive offer to invest in a new technology that others in your industry are raving about. What do you do with the opportunity?

Answer A: Research the tech to see if it suits the business. Take action to implement it gradually, but only if it makes sense.
Answer B: Invest in it right away. Tell your employees they’ll be using it from this point forward, so they need to start learning now.
Answer C: Wait for your higher-ups to broach the subject. You’re not about to ruffle any feathers trying to make changes.
Answer D: Pass. You’d rather stick to the old methods. Most new technologies never pan out anyway.

Question 5: When you look to the future, what learning opportunities would you undertake to make yourself a better leader?

Answer A: You’re always looking for learning opportunities to improve management skills, like undertaking an MBA leadership program.
Answer B: You already complete all mandatory training required by your employer. Besides, you would rather spend your spare time improving the business.
Answer C: You don’t have time to learn anything new because you already work many hours as a manager.
Answer D: There’s nothing you need to work on. You’re satisfied with your current position and are more focused on maintaining it.

Question 6: Your organisation is transitioning to remote workspaces next month. What would you do to prepare your employees for the change?

Answer A: Assess everyone’s working styles and home conditions so you can support them to be as productive as possible.
Answer B: Equip everyone with a brand-new laptop and the latest gadgets so they can work efficiently.
Answer C: Nothing. You feel confident that your staff can make the transition smoothly on their own.
Answer D: Remind everyone that you will closely track their performance and implement surveillance measures if necessary.

Question 7: Which approach do you take when assigning responsibilities and tasks among your employees?

Answer A: You believe your staff should learn new skills and take on new responsibilities as often as possible.
Answer B: They have a position description to guide them, and they can come to you if they want to try something new.
Answer C: You let your staff decide to focus on the tasks they prefer and leave the ones they don’t.
Answer D: They should only perform the duties and responsibilities described in their job description.

Question 8: How do you motivate your staff to work to their full potential?

Answer A: Open communication about the organisation, public recognition for efforts and leading by example.
Answer B: By heaping praise on those who deserve it.
Answer C: Quarterly bonuses and acknowledgment in their performance review for those who go above and beyond.
Answer D: Pay their weekly salaries and share your disapproval when they do something wrong.


Leadership is a skill like any other — it requires continuous improvement. You may now be asking yourself, ‘So, am I a good leader?’. Let’s take a look at what your answers reveal about your current leadership abilities and help you get an objective answer as to where you stand.

Mostly A’s: A stellar leader

You understand what people need from a leader. You show empathy, inspire others and know how to guide and motivate teams towards success. But like all good leaders, you know there’s always room for improvement.

Mostly B’s: A reliable leader

You lead with the best of intentions. However, some of your practices and ideas need work. Oftentimes, a band-aid solution will backfire in the long term. You need to learn how to discover nuance and gain a deeper understanding of the employees you’re leading. Upskilling with an MBA can give you the tools you need to be one of the leaders in demand today and in the future of work.

Mostly C’s: A work-in-progress leader

You have sound business knowledge and can sometimes motivate a team, but not always in the most effective way. An MBA can give you a well-rounded skill set that will transform your leadership abilities.

Mostly D’s: A leader in training

You still have much to learn about being a leader and how to manage people effectively. Strengthen your ability to be adaptable and maintain an open mind with an MBA in leadership and management.

MBA leadership skills for all ability levels

Wherever you stand as a leader, there’s always room to grow. An MBA equips you with a relevant and modern leadership skill set that can help you improve, no matter your starting point.

Reach out to MBA Discovery to learn how an MBA in leadership and management can change your life. Our Student Enrolment Advisors can assist with enrolments, course providers and MBA specialisations, so see what’s possible.

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