Are you really a leader? Ask yourself these 20 questions to find out

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Many of these questions get to the heart of whether or not you have integrity, which your employees instinctively want to know too.

Being a leader is not for everyone. It takes a special set of skills and sensibilities to be a successful, strong leader. Are you curious to see if you have what it takes? Take the 20-question quiz below to see if you have the skills and sensibilities that indicate you're a natural-born leader.

1. Do you have strong communication skills?

This is a key attribute of a successful leader. Why? You'll know how to communicate to your team so everyone "buys in" and understands what needs to be done.

2. Are you honest?

Honesty is the best policy. That is especially true when you have to set the example for your team. If your people get one whiff of dishonesty from you, you're on your way towards losing their loyalty already.

3. Do you delegate tasks?

You're only one person and you can't do it all. Good leaders know when to pass the torch and entrust team members with important tasks.

4. Are you confident?

Leaders will usually be the ones who make tough decisions. Making them with confidence encourages your team to trust your judgment and look to you during hard times. It's not always about whether your decision creates the best outcome, but whether you make it with confidence after careful consideration.

5. Do you work hard?

Are you willing to get down in the trenches with your team? A great leader will know the difference between telling the team how to operate and showing them.

6. Are you intuitive?

A good leader has a knack for what will work. If you're intuitive, you may find that you know when to take risks and when to take the safe route. This usually comes from people who have experience as well as common sense.

7. Do you assess yourself?

No one is left untouched by a good leader's evaluation, including the leader. Continual self-improvement is key to being a strong leader. You can't grow and adapt by stubbornly sticking to your ways.

8. Do you foster creativity?

Making room for creativity and being open to new ideas is an integral part of company growth. A good leader will not only be open to those ideas, but will encourage his or her team to think creatively.

9. Do you maintain a positive attitude?

It's important to keep your cool and always have a positive outlook when you're managing a group of people who look to you daily for inspiration and assurance.

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Are you really a leader? Ask yourself these 20 questions to find out

The Social Network

Based on the true story of Facebook genius Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates and co-founders, this movie shows us how one idea can go from a thought in casual conversation to a world-dominating platform.

This film also brings to light the drama and behind-the-scenes tensions that arise when setting out to begin a new business or venture. We learn through Zuckerberg's faults in the movie that you must stay cognizant of your actions and the way that you treat people, or you may damage relationships with those closest to you. 

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If this picture queues the iconic theme song to start playing in your head, you're not alone. Rocky is the ultimate underdog story, one that can inspire even the most experienced of entrepreneurs.

When being called up to fight world champion Apollo Creed, Rocky sees an opportunity and does everything he can to make the most of it.

Through physical strength, Rocky exemplifies true mental strength that has us all rooting for him and the people, quite literally, in his corner. 

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Jerry Maguire

In a classic awakening of the conscience, sports agent Jerry McGuire decides to write a letter to his entire company about how the hunger for deals and a profit are making it easy for everyone to lose sight of who they are.

This gets McGuire fired, and he must start his own business. With only one star football player under his management, McGuire learns what it really means to love what you do while still being able to sustain an income and sense of morality. 

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Forrest Gump

This classic has so much to teach us about believing in ourselves, believing in others, and how there is literally no one who can tell you what you're capable of doing other than yourself. 

As someone who's mentally disadvantaged, Forrest lives a life that's anything but limited and does it all with a smile. His determination is admirable, and at the very least, this movie will remind you to never give up on the things you want the most. Mental fortitude is the most important thing.

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Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is the girl you can't help but root for, right from the opening scene at the start of this movie. After getting her heart broken by her long-term boyfriend (whom she thought would soon be her fiancé), she learns that he'll be attending Harvard Law school in the fall.

Determined to both get him back and prove to him she's more than just a dumb blonde, Elle works harder than she's ever worked before (with the help of everyone she knows and loves), gets accepted to Harvard and finds herself on the defendant side of a high profile court case that forever changes her life and career.

Elle teaches us how to pool our resources and connections to get to our goals. The film also reminds us about how important friends and family are to have as a support system when you're taking on an endeavor that most people expect you to fail at.

Plus, she shows us that the seemingly impossible can become possible if you're willing to smile through it (and maybe if you put on a little pink!)

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Charlotte's Web

A classic tale of friendship and trust, Charlotte's Web will always inevitably give you all the feels. It reminds us all that by being kind and by simply being someone's friend, you can make all the difference.

The people who find the most success and get to where they need to be are the people who care deeply for others and expect nothing in return.

The film, as does the novel, can make anyone see that the relationships we build along the way become the best investments that we make.

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The Intern 

This 2015 movie starring Robert DiNero and Anne Hathaway is feel-good film about a 70-year-old retiree named Ben Whittaker who, recently widowed, is looking to come out of retirement for something fun to do. When he sees a posting for am"senior internship", Ben believes he's the perfect fit.

Ben works under the owner of a fashion website (played by Hathaway) and the two form an incredible, honest bond. Their friendship shows that the most successful partnerships and ventures come from the most unexpected places. 

It's a nice reminder that hard work, positive mentality and kindness will always be in style, no matter how old or young you are. 

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10. Are you humble?

Having humility, among other things, means having the confidence and awareness to know that you could be wrong. It can also mean that you may not have the answers and are willing to give credit to other people.

11. Do you live out your organization's values?

Living and breathing your company's value sets the example for your entire team. It shows them that you truly care about the company's organization and its growth.

12. Are you empathetic?

Putting yourself in your team members' place, as well as understanding how they feel, is an essential part of being a good leader. You can't disregard their thoughts or emotions and expect to be respected.

13. Do you inspire others?

A good leader will inspire their team in everything they do - from bettering themselves to achieving company-wide goals.

14. Do you communicate uniquely?

An insightful leader will understand that not everyone communicates the way he or she does and that one must tailor how they communicate to different team members.

15. Are you perceptive?

Do you tend to see what others don't? Good leaders look for signs (in people, projects, etc.) that indicate whether or not they'd be a good addition to the company for instance.

16. Do you motivate your team?

If you don't inspire your team to be the best they can be, who will? Being a leader means motivating your team to challenge and better themselves on a daily basis.

17. Are you responsive to your team's needs?

Being approachable when your team needs something is a key to good leadership. If they don't feel like they can come to you with a problem, they won't be able to trust or respect you as a leader.

18. Do you take risks?

Risks are an unavoidable part of leading an organization and a good leader understands when and where to take them.

19. Do you set and achieve goals?

Do you take charge in setting attainable goals? A good leader will do so and assist his or her team in achieving those goals.

20. Do you build team relationships?

A good leader understands that team members need to have good relationships with each other in order to achieve their goals.

If you answered yes to most of these, then congratulations! You have the skills and sensibilities of a natural-born leader and have what it takes to lead your team on a successful journey.

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