Responsive Leader Questionnaire and Capability Inventory–Leader Version


Category: Assessments
Code: 946LV

Complete self-help toolkit for supervisors, managers, and leaders.

Teach a Manager How to Fish

Leadership success depends largely on how well employees perform. How well employees perform depends largely on leadership behaviour. It’s no secret that leading people in a way that responds to their individual capabilities yields the best results. But while the concept may seem like common sense, a formalised approach is the key to maximising employee performance.

The Responsive Leadership Questionnaire and Capability Inventory is a new self-help toolkit for leaders. It offers a practical framework for increasing leadership effectiveness. Easy to apply and internalise, the Responsive Leadership Model enables both new and existing leaders to adapt their leadership approach to best match an individual employee’s capability.

Learning Outcomes

• Determine if current leadership style is appropriate for individual employees

• Learn how to assess employee commitment and capability levels

• Discover how to quickly identify which leadership style is best for each employee

• Understand why coaching and energising are critical to maximising employee performance.

The Responsive Leadership Model identifies four levels of leader intervention:

Direct: This is the way we do it.

Persuade: We do it this way because.

Involve: How do you think we could do it better?

Trust: Use your initiative freely so we can do it as well as possible.

Each of the four styles comprises varying levels of leader intervention. At the lower end of the scale, the Direct style involves frequent supervision. At the other end, the Trust style requires very little leader intervention and these employees are allowed to exercise their initiative more than others.

When the leadership style is in sync with the employee’s capability then the leader is employing an appropriate amount of intervention. When leadership style and employee capability are out of sync, it will feel to the employee that the leader either intervenes too much, or too little, and some adjust on the part of the leader will be required.

Theory and Development

The basic principle of Responsive Leadership is to supervise people in a way that matches their individual capability. By adapting their behaviour to the capability of their direct reports, responsive supervisors encourage them to perform well and develop to their full potential.

It is generally recognised that capability has two main components – one pertains to task performance and the other involves engagement and effort. These are often referred to as skill and attitude, or ability and willingness. In Responsive Leadership, these behaviours are called competence and commitment.


Includes 1 Participant Guide - Leader Version. Order one Participant Guide for each individual.

Table of Contents

• Introduction

• Assessment with pressure-sensitive response form

• Your Responsive Leader Profile

• Capability Inventory

• A Brief Look at Your Scores

• Reflection

• Assessment of Competence

• Assessment of Commitment

• Reflection

• About the Author.

NOTE: The cover is slightly marked.

Attribute name Attribute value
FORMAT Assessment
OBJECTIVE To assess and improve leadership behaviour
AUDIENCE Leaders, Managers and Supervisors
TIME REQUIRED 15 minutes
AUTHOR John Nicholls, Ph.D.