Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Manager?

Use the Abelson Leadership Survey and find out.

September 1, 2002

These questions should be answered by someone who knows you well. You can also take the test yourself to see how your perceptions of yourself match up with how others see you. When answering the questions, think of how often the person exhibits behaviors in the workplace that result in each outcome described. Answer the questions as honestly as possible. Circle the appropriate number to the right of each question. The correct answer may not be as obvious as you think.

To what extent does the person:

Never

Seldom

Occasionally

Always

Often

Take risks, even if not certain of the outcome

2

4

6

8

10

Work towards helping others achieve their goals

2

4

6

8

10

Have a need to influence others

2

4

6

8

10

Have strong convictions about what is right and what is wrong, that others know about and that they personally follow

2

4

6

8

10

Enhance/improve the self-confidence of others 

2

4

6

8

10

Criticize/reprimand people when they do the wrong thing

2

4

6

8

10

Make themselves available when others need them

2

4

6

8

10

Have confidence/a strong self-concept that other’s see

2

4

6

8

10

Show a true caring for the well-being and interests of others

2

4

6

8

10

Show displeasure if others do not meet expectations

2

4

6

8

10

The above questions and a larger, 20-question survey were developed and copyright by industry expert Dr. Michael Abelson and are based research on charismatic leaders, on Dr. Abelson’s Participatory Benevolent Dictatorship approach to leading, and on several studies Dr. Abelson conducted of effective managers in 16 real estate companies. For permission to use either this or the 20-question format or for more information on leadership and leadership training contact him at P.O. Box 10102, College Station, TX, 77842, 888-ABELSON, abelson@abelson.net; abelson@tamu.edu.

Survey Scoring

The highest score you can get on the quiz is 100. Add up your scores for all questions except Questions 6 and 10. These two questions are scored differently because they are not desirable leader behaviors. To score them, subtract their score from the number 12 and add the resulting number to your total score. For example, if the answer to Question 6 is 4, subtract 4 from 12 = 8. Add the number 8 to the other scores. Do the same for Question 10. Total the 10 numbers.

86 to 100
Exceptional Managerial Potential/Ability

70 to 84
Good Managerial Potential/Ability

60 to 68
Fair Managerial Potential/Ability

Less than 60
Unlikely Managerial Candidate

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