IT Management Slideshow: Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Great Leader?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-08-2011

Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Great Leader?

Question: This phrase is used to describe leaders who can effectively deliver hard but fair judgments, and also care intensely about their people and the work they do:A. Tough loveB. Tough empathyC. The Sheriff

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Answer: B. Tough empathyThese leaders don't necessarily give staffers what they want. They give them what they need.

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Question:This leader is great at detecting clues -- knowing what's going on all the time without needing employees to "spell it out."A. The gumshoeB. The mysticC. The sensor

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AnswerC. The sensorTrain your own "sensor" skills by simply observing, quietly. Test your perceptions with a trusted team member.

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Question: This leader seeks to carve out unique style, substance, and approaches to intrigue and motivate teams.A. The differentiatorB. The loose cannonC. The rebel

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Answer:A. The differentiatorDistinction can add value and even mystique to your leadership presence. But keep it in check. Unique is good; go too far, and it becomes "oddball."

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True or false?Only certain people can be leaders.

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AnswerTrueNot everyone has the self-knowledge or authenticity to serve as a leader. Many talented professionals better serve their organizations by doing, rather than leading.

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True or false?Leaders are great coaches

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Answer: FalseCoaching implies that you inspire and teach skills. The teaching part isn't necessary. Steve Jobs' leadership distinction is an ability to motivate others through his vision.

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True or false?A leader should never convey weakness.

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AnswerFalse. You can -- and should -- selectively reveal weaknesses to demonstrate humanity. A robo-boss tends to alienate the troops.

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