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The S.I.N.C.E.R.E. Leadership Quiz 

Think about how you’ve acted in professional situations over the last year. 

Answer these questions based on how you have acted–not how you would like to act.

This quiz is based on 12+ years of behavioral science experience.
Take notes on the parts that are most challenging for you.
Completion time: 1 hour


The S.I.N.C.E.R.E. Leadership Quiz

I know when a professional relationship won’t work out (or I can tell you why past professional relationships did not work out).

Motivating others doesn’t have to be manipulative or sleazy.

I have a basic idea of how to assess the behavior of my team members and colleagues.

I can cope with a toxic work situation if I can’t leave, or have no control over the situation.

I can identify professional “guilt trips.”

I can manage my emotions around a toxic colleague.

I know how to prevent an unsafe work environment.

I can create a reward system to motivate my team.

Self-care can cost little to no time and/or money.

I’m able to challenge my doubts and negative thoughts when I’m about to make an important professional decision.

Self-care is not selfish – it’s an important part of effective leadership.

I can identify at least three types of self-care that I use on a weekly basis.

I know what makes me vulnerable to boundary crossings at work.

I know when someone is trying to influence me through fear.

Rewards for my team members can cost little to no time and/or money without feeling cheap or condescending.

I can reduce the harm done if I have to be around a toxic person in a professional context.

I know when it’s better to end a work relationship and when it’s better to set a boundary.

If I compromise or forget my professional boundaries, I know what to do to prevent this from happening again.

I know what to do in an emergency situation where my boundaries are crossed.

I can examine and change my behavior for the better, because this is an essential part of leadership.

I can use my feelings to maximize positive outcomes at work.

I can create an ethical reward system.

Self-care is an important part of professional responsibility and industry longevity.

I can find a locus of control for my behavior in any work situation.

Toxic people are real and they ruin workplaces.

If I choose not to leave a toxic situation, I know how to find resources.

I can ask someone to respect my boundaries when they are crossed.

I know what violates my professional ethics and values.

I know at least three signs of a toxic person who will not change.

I can identify at least one form of digital boundaries.

I cannot control the behavior of other people.

I know when someone is trying to manipulate me into making a decision I do not want to make.

I can analyze the behavior of a toxic person at work, set appropriate boundaries, and/or administer fair and ethical consequences.

I know how to motivate my team members towards positive change.

I know when it's best to give consequences for negative behavior.

I know when it’s best to give someone an explanation and when it’s best to refrain from explaining.

I know where my doubts and negative thoughts come from when I’m about to make an important professional decision.

I can tell when someone is temporarily engaging in negative or unhealthy behavior, but is able to change.

I have a system for setting boundaries.

I have an idea of what my unique coping style looks like.

I have self-care strategies that consistently work when I am under stress.

I know the difference between someone who is worth a conversation, and someone who’s not worth engaging with further.

I have a professional support system unique to my individual needs.

I can clearly state my boundaries.

Small wins are important in professional contexts.

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