What's your role in a group?

Circle 3 answers to each question

Q1: When involved in a task with other people...

a) I can be relied upon to see that the work is properly organised

b) I pick up errors and omissions that the others fail to notice

c) I react strongly when meetings drift away from their objectives

d) I produce original suggestions

e) I analyse other people’s ideas fairly for merits and failings

f) I am keen to find out the latest ideas and developments

g) I am good at organising people

h) I will always support good suggestions to help resolve a problem

Q2: In seeking satisfaction through my work……

a) I like to have a strong influence on decisions

b) I work well when a high degree of concentration is needed

c) I am concerned to help colleagues with their problems

d) I like to make critical choices between alternatives

e) I have a creative approach to problem solving

f) I enjoy reconciling different points of view

g) I am more interested in practicalities than in new ideas

h) I particularly enjoy exploring different views and techniques

Q3: When a group is trying to solve a particularly complex problem……

a) I keep a watching eye on areas where difficulty may arise

b) I explore ideas which may have a wider application

c) I like to evaluate a range of suggestions thoroughly before choosing

d) I can co-ordinate and use other people’s abilities and talents

e) I maintain a steady, systematic approach whatever the pressure

f) I often produce a new approach to a long continuing problem

g) I am ready to make my views known, forcefully if necessary

h) I am ready to help whenever I can

Q4: In carrying out my day-to-day work……

a) I do not like anything vague about my task or objectives

b) I am not reluctant to emphasise my own point of view in meetings

c) I can work with all sorts so long as they have something to contribute

d) I make a point of following up interesting ideas/people

e) I can usually find the argument to counter unsound ideas

f) I tend to see patterns where others might see unconnected items

g) I really do like to be busy

h) I have a quiet interest in getting to know people better

Q5: When suddenly asked to consider a new task……

a) I start to look around for possible ideas and openings

b) I like to finish my current task properly before starting something new

c) I approach the problem carefully, in an analytical way

d) I am able to assert myself to get people involved if necessary

e) I take an independent and innovative look at most situations

f) I am happy to take the lead when action is required

g) I can respond positively to my colleagues and their initiatives

h) I find it hard to give my best unless the goals are well defined

Q6: If I am suddenly given a difficult task with limited time and unfamiliar people……

a) I often find my imagination frustrated by working in a group

b) I find my personal skills particularly appropriate in achieving agreement in a group

c) My feelings seldom interfere with my judgement

d) I strive to build up an effective team structure

e) I can work with people with widely varying qualities and outlook

f) I feel temporary unpopularity is sometimes necessary to get my view across in a group

g) I usually know which person has the right specialist knowledge for the job

h) I particularly enjoy exploring different views and techniques

Q7: In contributing to group tasks in general……

a) I think I have the talent for sorting out the steps to be taken

b) My considered judgement may take time but it is usually pretty good

c) A broad range of personal contacts is important in my work

d) I have an eye for getting the details right

e) I try to make my mark in group meetings

f) I can see how ideas and techniques can be used in new situations

g) I see both sides of a problem and take a decision acceptable to all

h) I get on well with others and work hard for the team

Score Sheet

Q1 (g) (c) (d) (e) (f) (a)
Q2 (f) (a) (e) (d) (h) (g)
Q3 (d) (g) (f) (c) (b) (e)
Q4 (c) (b) (f) (e) (d) (a)
Q5 (f) (d) (e) (c) (a) (h)
Q6 (b) (f) (a) (c) (g) (d)
Q7 (g) (e) (f) (b) (c) (a)

Once you've calculated your scores, click here to find out about your role. Remember this is just a guide and you may be similar to one or more of the described roles.