Take the HLA™ (Humanistic leadership assessment) to find out!

Humanistic leadership comes naturally to some of us, and not as easily to the rest of us. The good news is that anyone can learn and practice leadership skills. Development in this area will improve your outlook on life, help you accomplish your goals, and bring you success in your organizational life. Take this assessment based on Dr. Nathanson’s original research to see where you stand now, and where you can develop.

Note: This assessment can be useful for those in leadership positions, those wanting to move into leadership positions, or anyone just wishing to develop leadership skills in themselves and others.

1. I have a good sense of my values and what is most important to me.

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2. I have spent time in reflection and I have a sense of self-awareness.

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3. I know how to persuade and influence others.

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4. I know how to create and communicate a vision to others.

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5. I know where I have personal mastery and passion related to my work.

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6. I know how to create team learning.

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7. I role-model daily integrity in all my activities and I have a good sense of what this means to me.

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8. I understand the ideas around system thinking and I am able to apply this in my daily decision-making.

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9. I am creative and I know how to develop and apply creativity in my work.

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10. I am decisive and I make many decisions during the course of my day.

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11. I tend to be outgoing and those I connect with find me charismatic.

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12. I tend to achieve the goals I set for myself and/or my team.

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13. I apply proven time management principles and manage my time well.

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14. I am constantly seeking to develop and improve my skills.

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15. I treat others exactly how I wish to be treated.

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16. I am an excellent communicator.

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17. I know how to celebrate my accomplishments and the accomplishments of others.

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18. I know how to build and develop strong teams.

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19. I have strong writing skills and I know how to communicate my ideas in writing.

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20. I always make others and their work important to me.

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HOW DID YOU SCORE?

80 – 100 = A

Your leadership skills make you a role model. You lead yourself and others in a systematic way. You have a strong sense of yourself and others. Your communication and interpersonal skills are strong. You have a deep interest in developing yourself, and you are interested in others and their development.

60 – 79 = B You have many qualities of strong self-leadership and leadership of others. You know how to motivate yourself and you have a good understanding of others. Although some gaps do exist, you are a fairly strong leader. Focusing on the areas that you don’t generally practice will benefit you as a leader.
40 – 59 = C You have significant gaps in your self-leadership traits and in leading others. Addressing these gaps will enable to you to achieve your personal and work-related goals. Work on one area at a time, and focus on practice and developmental opportunities. Over time, you can acquire the skills needed for self-leadership and leadership of others. A strong focus on leading from a systems view will benefit you.
< 40 = D Your leadership of yourself and others tends to be very reactive, and stems from a non-systems view. This approach can severely impact your progress toward personal and organizational goals. A new approach is needed now. Lots of practice, developmental opportunities, and reflection will assist in making this change to stronger self-leadership and leadership of others.

Craig Nathanson


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