Are you suited to be a good boss quiz

Purpose of this Quiz:  These simple questions can help you consider your comfort in being a good boss, focusing on the most critical element – managing others.  Print this page and candidly answer the questions. If you’re unsure about an item, ask someone who you trust. (This tool was used informally by Nortel.)


  1. Select either “True” or “False.”
  2. Tally your score.
  3. Use the scoring sheet and compare to the chart below.


1. …am comfortable managing conflict and differences of opinion.    True     False

2. …am comfortable giving information that may be perceived negatively.    True     False

3. …enjoy teaching others new skills and processes.    True     False

4. …prefer to work alone than with others.    True      False

5. …can hold others accountable for their work success or failure.    True     False

6. …enjoy managing others’ work.    True     False

7. …prefer to complete work on my own rather than delegating it to others.    True     False

8. …feel comfortable taking responsibility for the success of others at work.    True     False

9. …am comfortable making decisions that will affect the future of other people.    True     False

10…am flexible to work with others who have different communication and working styles.    True     False

11…acknowledge that people are what make an organization succeed or fail.    True     False

12. …feel that work should always be a priority over personal matters for everyone.    True      False

13. …feel that my staff”s career development is the sole responsibility of each employee, not mine.    True      False

14…understand that becoming a great boss will require continuous self- improvement.    True     False

Scoring Key

  1. T = 1 F = 0
  2. T = 1 F = 0
  3. T = 1 F = 0
  4. T = 0 F = 1
  5. T = 1 F = 0
  6. T = 1 F = 0
  7. T = 1 F = 0
  8. T = 1 F = 0
  9. T = 1 F = 0
  10. T = 1 F = 0
  11. T = 1 F = 0
  12. T = 0 F = 1
  13. T = 0 F = 1
  14. T = 1 F = 0

Total = _______

How did you score?0 – 8 Points = You are not ready:Being a boss is not a good fit for you right now. Consider a career path that involves individual contribution.9 – 11 Points = You may have an inclination to be a boss, and may be able to develop managerial skills:  Your score indicates that you may enjoy some (but not all) aspects of positions that involve managing people. Explore such opportunities and look for positions that might test your capabilities on a small scale before committing to managing a larger group.

12 – 14 Points = You have the attributes of a good boss: You understand that it’s all about others and not just you. People who work for you will appreciate your empathy, concern for their personal life, and focus on career development.

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