Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire

by Bernard M. Bass & Bruce J. Avolio
The benchmark measure of transformational leadership

The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire measures a broad range of leadership types from passive leaders, to leaders who give contingent rewards to followers, to leaders who transform their followers into becoming leaders themselves. The MLQ identifies the characteristics of a transformational leader and helps individuals discover how they measure up in their own eyes and in the eyes of those with whom they work. Success can be measured through a retesting program to track changes in leadership style. The program described in the MLQ Trainer's Guide provides a solid base for leadership training.

Overview
·       Measures, explains and demonstrates to individuals the key factors that set truly exceptional  leaders apart from marginal ones
·       Differentiates effective and ineffective leaders at all organizational levels
·       Assesses the effectiveness of an entire organization's leadership
·       Valid across cultures and types of organizations
·       Easy to administer, requires 15 minutes to complete
·       Extensively researched and validated
·       The MLQ provides an excellent relationship between survey data and organizational outcome
·       The MLQ is the benchmark measure of Transformational Leadership
·       The MLQ 360 Leader's Report is a comprehensive developmental report

Assessment Categories
The MLQ assesses a full range of leadership behaviors:
Transformational Leadership
·       Idealized Attributes
·       Idealized Behaviors
·       Inspirational Motivation
·       Intellectual Stimulation
·       Individualized Consideration
Transactional Leadership
·       Contingent Reward
·       Management-by-Exception (Active)
Passive/Avoidant
·       Management-by-Exception (Passive)
·       Laissez-faire

Outcomes of Leadership
·       Extra Effort
·       Effectiveness
·       Satisfaction
The classic form of the MLQ includes both self and rater forms. The self form measures self perception of leadership behaviors. The rater form is used to measure leadership as perceived by superiors, peers, and subordinates

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