Are you letting your bad habits derail your efforts at? Take this quiz and see if you're keeping those counter-productive impulses in check. Answer "true" or "false" for each statement:
1. I don't try to get into other people's heads; however they choose to react to my behavior and ideas is their issue, not mine.
2. I have faith in my ability to survive and thrive on my own in the workplace.
3. I take my time to look at problems from all possible angles before making a decision.
4. Just as I frequently praise and recognize my people's contributions, I want senior managers to praise and recognize me.
5. I'm always on the lookout to make sure that my people are respected, valued, and get what they deserve.
6. I see myself as a creative type and I don't mind going against the flow.
7. I focus my energies on making sure we keep up our high standards while we get our core work done.
8. I get along well with people, and that helps me make the case for my team and its needs.
9. I believe it's better to ask forgiveness than permission.
10. I tend to be easygoing and don't make a big deal about problems when it's not necessary.
11. It's extremely important to me that our team's work is done well and done right.
12. I'm a passionate person and I bring that passion to my work — and sometimes that means I'm ready to fight for what I believe.
What do your answers mean?
This is, you could say, a trick quiz — or at least it illustrates how subjective a thing "leadership" is. According to the experts at Development Dimensions International (DDI), even though all of the above statements sound positive, they all represent habits and attitudes that, if not tempered by moderation, can thwart your leadership efforts. So if you answered "true" to any of them, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Are you perceptive enough to read others' behavioral cues?
2. Do you value other people's contributions and points of view?
3. Are you too cautious? Do you resist change?
4. Are you willing to make waves if necessary to get what you need?
5. Do you trust your colleagues to give you honest feedback?
6. Do other people find your judgment persuasive?
7. Are you detail-oriented at the expense of big-picture issues?
8. Do you acknowledge and try to meet others' needs as well, or is "your case" all that matters?
9. Do you take risks that you later regret?
10. Is your "easygoing" nature really an effort to avoid conflict?
11. Do your employees feel you trust them to do their work properly?
12. Is it sometimes difficult for you to control your emotions appropriately?