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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 it's best to give consequences for negative behavior.

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

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

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

I can create a reward system to motivate my team.

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

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

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

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

I can identify at least one form of digital boundaries.

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

I can identify professional “guilt trips.”

I cannot control the behavior of other people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know how to prevent an unsafe work environment.

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

I know what violates my professional ethics and values.

Toxic people are real and they ruin workplaces.

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

I have a system for setting boundaries.

I can create an ethical reward system.

Small wins are important in professional contexts.

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

I can clearly state my boundaries.

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

I can manage my emotions around a toxic colleague.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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