How Agile are you as a leader?

This survey looks at the most common tactics to assess future potential and ability to adapt in challenging situations

Adapter Index Survey:

Rate yourself on how much of the time the statements below are true of your behaviour.
The higher the number the more often the statement is true of you. Choose the number that reflects how often the statement is true of you. The scales vary with each area assessed and range from a binary to a 5-point scale. This is not an error, it is intentional. We understand that forced choice can be difficult and feel unnatural.


I can laugh at myself when I mess up. I often step out of past patterns to try something new, even if it has potential for conflict. I am curious and always seek opportunities to learn.

I easily admit mistakes, reflect on and learn from them. I seek input from others on how to improve. I see mistakes as part of growth and take a problem-solving attitude toward the mistakes of others, as well as my own.

I don’t confuse what is important (or not important) to do with what I like (or don’t like) to do. I can identify what is important and prioritize based on what is important, rather than what I like. I work on what is a priority and seldom avoid the important, even when I find it hard.

I am open to feedback from many sources (boss, self, subordinates, peers, customers etc) not only from those in higher positions - even when I don’t ask for it. I consciously incorporate feedback from success or failure, adjusting my approach moving forward. I have high internal standards to judge situations.

I tend not to take problems personally. I am typically composed, able to talk about mistakes and weaknesses. I can say "I don’t know."

I am aware of personal impact. I understand how small day-to-day actions have a large impact on others. I am intentional about the impact I have on others and can adjust my behaviour to fit the circumstance.

I don’t over rely on generalities and will focuses on specifics in each context. I tend to push for specific solutions or closure.


I do not overly rely on what worked in the past and repeat it. I can give up old habits and know what is different about new challenges that requires acting differently. I am curious and seek a variety of experiences. I analyze alternatives and explain mine through processes. I work well across functions and in other technical areas. I do not aim for perfectionism.

I am versatile; I may have a technical specialty but actively seek to develop other skills and am able to handle many different issues. I offer input on a wide-range of topics.


I can explain why something worked successfully and how I thought it through. I am typically interested in how others think. I tend to focus less on what happened and more on why it happened, what I learned and what I will do differently.

I focus on solving problems in the job I’m in rather than ‘ticket punching’ for the future. I am demanding of subordinates and, partly due to that, often develop the talent beneath me.

I may never have thought about different ways to do things, but if I’m shown new ways, I can overcome my inertia and try it.

I have developed a tolerance for ambiguity and uncontrollable situations: e.g., I remain open to different views of the problem, I don’t jump to conclusions, I rely on small experiments and feedback from them. I take the time to work through conflicts. I see people as complex and understand expect different challenges in jobs. I do not have a need to over-control or over simplify complexity.