How Strong Is Your Self-Leadership


There is a saying that before you can lead others, you must first lead yourself. In other words, it is not possible to lead others if you cannot lead yourself.

Do you know how strong is your self-leadership?

Here is a quick and simple self-test to assess your self-leadership strengths and discover your weaknesses and opportunities for self-improvement.

Circle YES if you possess and demonstrate the following self-leadership qualities according to McKinsey and Company.


  • Understanding own emotions and triggers. Yes / No 
  • Self-control and regulation. Yes / No
  • Understanding own strengths. Yes / No
  • Integrity. Yes / No
  • Self-motivation and wellness. Yes / No
  • Self-confidence. Yes / No


  • Courage and risk-taking. Yes / No
  • Driving change and innovation. Yes / No
  • Energy, passion, and optimism. Yes / No
  • Breaking orthodoxies. Yes / No


  • Ownership and decisiveness. Yes / No
  • Achievement orientation. Yes / No
  • Grit and persistence. Yes / No
  • Coping with uncertainty. Yes / No
  • Self-development. Yes / No


Count the number of YES that you circle.

If your score is high, congratulations! It means you have many of the qualities of strong self-leadership and good self-management.

If your score is not high, you can improve your self-leadership by knowing the qualities you are lacking and embracing the right values that will enhance your self-leadership and self-discipline. 

Here are inspiring quotes from Oprah Winfrey.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

Finally, to be a leader, you must have integrity. All your efforts will go to nothing if you don’t have it.

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

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