Are you a transformative leader?

Take our quiz to see if you share the traits of transformative leaders

Charlene Smith By Charlene Smith

Are you a real leader? Take this quick test, based on the criteria established by Robert I. Rotberg in Transformative Political Leadership, to see. Give yourself a point for each yes. The higher the score, the more likely you are to be a leader. — Charlene Smith 

Use this to evaluate your boss, political representative, or yourself.

Do you:

  1. Behave in a positive, inspiring fashion in private and public?
  2. Encourage and motivate others?
  3. Appear to understand the fears and desires of subordinates?
  4. Have a long-term vision – a grand but simple plan – that benefits broader society, not just you?
  5. Does that vision get buy-in from those around you?
  6. Educate and encourage education for your subordinates?
  7. Empathize with diverse people and groups?
  8. Stimulate others intellectually?
  9. Create a sense of hope with your presence, writings and words?
  10. Make others feel included, even if they have grievances?
  11. Listen well, and spend perhaps 70 to 80 percent of your time listening?
  12. Avoid demonizing opponents?
  13. Keep your promises, a way of creating legitimacy?
  14. Avoid fostering a cult of personality?
  15. Have or had a supportive, encouraging parent (especially a mother)?
  16. Have determination and the will to personally experience hardship, or sacrifices, to achieve your goals?
  17. Avoid ‘bling’ or ostentation, and discourage it in the leadership team?
  18. Consult with others?
  19. Buck popular wisdom?
  20. Understand that conciliation shows courage, not weakness?
  21. Affirm the humanity of your enemies?

Created and compiled by Charlene Smith, based on Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World by Robert I. Rotberg.