We evaluate leadership all the time. We all appreciate great leadership as much as we’re frustrated with poor leadership. Are you happy with every decision made by a government politician in the last 12 months? If not, you have evaluated a leader’s performance.

I have long subscribed to the axiom:

“It’s easier to learn how to lead from bad leaders, than it is from good ones.”

In poor leadership, the negative aspects of leadership are highlighted. This enables us to learn what not to do.

The following questions will help you to evaluate if the leadership you are observing is good leadership or poor leadership. Apply these questions to yourself, your team, others you admire, or those you’re looking to develop or bring onto your team.

You’ll notice these questions require you to think, instead of providing obvious conclusions. Learning how to evaluate good leadership is an art every leader needs to develop. The more time you spend doing it, the better leader you will become and the better leaders you will develop.

How do you evaluate good leadership?

  1. What is the leader building that is not about him/her?
  2. How does the leader value people for who they are, over what they can bring?
  3. How is the leader a growing representation of Jesus in every setting?
  4. How is the leader overcoming limitations and obstacles and encouraging others to do the same?
  5. What good things are people doing as a result of the leader’s influence?
  6. How gritty is the leader?
  7. How systematic and reliable is the leader’s leadership?
  8. What is the leader like under immense pressure, both personal and professional?
  9. What signs of emotional maturity and immaturity are present in the leader?
  10. Is the leader inspired and, if so, by what?
  11. How is the leader gathering around himself/herself people to advance the cause?
  12. How teachable is the leader?
  13. How does the leader treat people from whom they have nothing to gain?
  14. In what ways is the leader creative?
  15. What concerns do you have about the leader’s character?

Learning to evaluate good leadership requires us to think analytically, which is what these questions help you do. There is no right way of leading others, but there are also opportunities to improve how we do it.

I hope these questions help you become a better leader.

Asking the right question of a leader’s influence is vital.

As important as it is to ask these questions of others, we need to ask them of ourselves too.

How would you evaluate a leader? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

You can also enrol in our course Introduction to Christian Leadership in which leadership evaluation is further explored.

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