by author Linda Kohanov

Special Studies

shutterstock_235594228Political Orientation

We are pleased that you’ve agreed to take the Five Roles Professional Assessment as part of our study on how different styles related to leadership and social interaction influence the political party preferences and presidential choices of voters in the United States.

Studies of political orientation often look at socio-economic, racial, religious, sexual, and educational factors. Our assessment concentrates on patterns related to leadership and social interaction, including varying approaches to dealing with conflict, threats, power plays, opportunities, competition, and cooperation.

The last section of the assessment includes the political orientation questions. Please complete them after the rest of the assessment. (Note: All political orientation options are listed alphabetically):

If you would like to receive the survey results and other updates on leadership and social intelligence issues, please enter your name and email into the signup form at the right. Your email will not be linked with your assessment, thus insuring that all participants remain anonymous when we calculate the results.

If you prefer not to enter your email address, feel free to check this website a month after the election when we will post the results of this study. (We want people to be able to take this assessment up to two weeks after the election.)

Please encourage other family members, colleagues and friends (of various political orientations and opinions about the 2016 presidential election) to take this assessment. We want to survey the widest possible sampling of people who have different opinions about what makes a desirable leader, and how each person’s own leadership and social interaction style affects how he or she votes.

Taking the Assessment

While some people who participate in this study will be familiar with the roles this assessment measures, it is actually preferable for you to complete the survey before you learn more about the benefits and challenges of each of the five roles.

After you take the assessment, you will be given access to an overview of the five roles, as well as how you scored. The results of your assessment will also be sent to us for the purposes of our study, but all participants will remain anonymous. (For this reason, please print out your results if you would like to keep a record of how you scored. We will not be able to access a specific individual’s results after he or she logs off.)

The assessment involves some careful thought. The format asks you to consider how you have responded to various leadership and social challenges in the past. If you come to a scenario you haven’t yet encountered, consider how you would be likely to respond in such a situation.

It is most beneficial to take the assessment with your current job in mind, as the culture of the company, nonprofit, community organization, social service agency or school etc. you work for may affect how you would respond in each situation outlined. If you are retired or unemployed, consider how you responded (or would have responded) in your last, most significant job.

Some questions relate to how you deal with peers and supervisors. Some questions assess how you deal with employees and organization-wide leadership challenges. In the latter case, if you are not in a managerial role, consider how you would respond if you were in charge. If you do not aspire to a leadership role, rate each of those responses according to how you would hope your current leader/manager would respond in each circumstance.

Scoring Each Response

Unlike many studies that ask you to rank options, this assessment is designed to measure how some people may balance or combine certain roles in different situations. For this reason, all five responses to each scenario should be rated independently, not scored relative to the others.

Use numbers 1 to 4, to rate the likelihood that you will take the action described in each response, according to the instructions in the sidebar on this page.

As you move through the assessment, consider the intention of each of the responses and determine the likelihood of you responding in the manner presented, even if you wouldn’t use the exact wording.

Because it is unrealistic for this assessment to list all possible approaches to each scenario, we have concentrated on responses that represent five distinct styles of handling challenges. In some cases, this may mean that you give two or three responses the same high rating because you are likely to combine them to represent your own eclectic style. (It is also possible, yet rare, that you might give a rating of 1 to all responses for a given scenario because none of them represent how you would handle that challenge.)

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