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Quiz: Is Your Toxicity Affecting Your Team's Wellness?

Updated: Jun 23, 2023




As leaders, it is crucial to continually evaluate our behaviors and their impact on our teams' well-being. This quiz is designed to help you assess toxic leadership tendencies across the 12 dimensions of wellness as identified by Dr. Wanita Mercer, Lead My Heart's CEO and Chief Heart Leader.


Toxic leadership can have detrimental effects on individuals and the work environment, leading to decreased productivity, increased turnover, and overall dissatisfaction. By gaining insight into areas where toxic behaviors may be present, we can take steps towards personal growth, positive change, and the cultivation of healthy leadership.


Remember, the goal is not to pass or fail but to gain insights and foster personal and professional growth. Let's begin the quiz and embark on the journey of becoming leaders who inspire, empower, and cultivate positive work environments.


Directions: This quiz is designed to help you assess toxic leadership behaviors across the 12 dimensions of wellness. Read each question and select the response that best reflects the behavior or situation in your leadership. Be honest with your answers for the most accurate assessment. At the end of the quiz, check the key to determine your level of toxic leadership in each dimension of wellness.



The Quiz


1. In the physical dimension, how often do you prioritize work over your team's well-being, leading to burnout and exhaustion?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



2. In the mental dimension, how often do you belittle or dismiss the ideas and contributions of your team members?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



3. In the emotional dimension, how often do you discourage open expression of emotions or dismiss the feelings of your team members?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



4. In the social dimension, how often do you foster a divisive and exclusive work culture by favoring certain individuals or groups over others?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



5. In the financial dimension, how often do you make financial decisions that benefit yourself at the expense of your team members?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



6. In the spiritual dimension, how often do you disregard the religious beliefs or values of your team members in decision-making processes?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



7. In the environmental dimension, how often do you ignore workplace safety concerns or fail to address physical hazards?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



8. In the occupational dimension, how often do you micromanage or set unrealistic expectations for your team members?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



9. In the intellectual dimension, how often do you discourage creativity, innovation, or learning opportunities within your team?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



10. In the creative dimension, how often do you dismiss or undervalue the artistic and creative contributions of your team members?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



11. In the cultural dimension, how often do you ignore or downplay cultural differences within your team, leading to exclusion or discrimination?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always



12. In the aesthetic dimension, how often do you enforce strict appearance standards or engage in body shaming within your team?

a) Rarely or never

b) Occasionally

c) Frequently

d) Always





Understanding Your Results


Directions: For each dimension, count the number of responses for each option (a, b, c, d). The dimension with the highest count in option "d" indicates the area where toxic leadership behavior is most prominent.


Scoring:

  • Rarely or never: 1 point

  • Occasionally: 2 points

  • Frequently: 3 points

  • Always: 4 points


Interpretation:

  • Score Range 12-24: Indicates a lower likelihood of toxic leadership behavior overall. While there may be room for improvement, immediate change may not be urgent, but consider exploring opportunities for personal growth and development to enhance leadership effectiveness further.

  • Score Range 25-36: Suggests occasional toxic leadership behavior that may need attention and improvement. It is important to address these behaviors promptly to prevent further negative impact on your team and work environment. Seek executive coaching or mentorship to develop strategies for change and growth.

  • Score Range 37-48: Indicates a higher likelihood of toxic leadership behavior overall, requiring immediate attention and significant improvement. Urgent action is needed to address these behaviors and cultivate a healthier work environment. Seeking professional executive coaching or leadership development programs can be instrumental in transforming your leadership approach and promoting positive change. Invest in your growth and commit to developing healthier leadership practices.


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Remember, the goal of this quiz and its interpretations is to promote self-awareness and inspire personal growth. Executive coaching or mentorship can provide valuable guidance and support as you navigate your leadership journey and work towards becoming an effective, compassionate, and empowering leader.


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