In the mid-1990s, Donald R. (Chip) Levy, principal of leadership consultancy the Rochelle Organization, developed a leadership self-assessment tool that he tested with the American Lung Association.
The tool asks users to rank themselves, on a scale of 1 to 10, on 25 leadership behaviors.
Among the options: "a genuine desire to be a leader," "willingness to take control and be accountable," "a partner relationship with coworkers."
In 2005, Levy
used a related tool in a study of 242 leaders, including association CEOs.
They performed best on operational skills and weakest on personality traits that can be the toughest to address, such as "a well-integrated, balanced lifestyle" and "an emotionally stimulating personality.
says that addressing these soft skills can be important for CEOs as they work with their boards and performance review committees to define success for the organization.
"What does leadership look like?
Well, let's talk about it," he