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

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

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

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

I can clearly state my boundaries.

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

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

I can identify professional “guilt trips.”

I know how to prevent an unsafe work environment.

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

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

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

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

I have a system for setting boundaries.

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

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

I can create a reward system to motivate my team.

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

I know what violates my professional ethics and values.

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

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

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

I cannot control the behavior of other people.

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

Small wins are important in professional contexts.

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

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

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

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

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

Toxic people are real and they ruin workplaces.

I can create an ethical reward system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I can identify at least one form of digital boundaries.

I can manage my emotions around a toxic colleague.

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

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

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

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