Sample Exam Questions for "Leadership"

Last updated:
06 Nov 2005


  1. What is leadership?
  2. What is the difference between leadership and management?
  3. Explain how leadership can be seen as a special case of social influence.
  4. What are three examples of social influence in the context of leadership?
  5. Explain the three leadership styles (autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire) and their effects.
  6. Explain the evolution of leadership theories.
  7. What is the great man theory of leadership?
  8. What are the personality traits of leaders?
  9. What is power?  What is influence?
  10. What is a contingency approach to leadership?
  11. What are the differences between a task orientation and a people orientation in leadership?
  12. Explain the managerial grid.
  13. What is the best leadership style?
  14. Describe a coaching program you would implement to improve someone's leadership skills.
  15. What is transformational leadership?

Multiple choice

Leaders tend to exhibit which of these Big 5 personality traits:

a. Neuroticism; Extraversion; Openness; Agreeable; Conscientious
b. Lack of Neuroticism; Extraversion; Openness; Agreeable; Conscientious
c. Lack of Neuroticism; Introversion; Openness; Disagreeable; Conscientious
d. Neuroticism; Extraversion; Lack of Openness; Agreeable; Conscientious

Which of the following is NOT a criticism of trait theories of leadership?

a. No universal traits predict leadership in all situations
b. Unclear evidence of the cause and effect of relationship of leadership and traits. (Which comes first, trait or leadership position?)
c. Traits predict behavior better in “strong” than “weak” situations.
d. Overlooks needs of followers

The evolution of leadership theory is summed up by:

a. Behavior Styles Theory (1950's); Trait Theory  (1950's-1960's);  Transformational Theory (1970's); Situational Theory  (1980's)
b. Trait Theory (1950's); Behavior Styles Theory (1950's-1960's); Situational Theory (1970's); Transformational Theory (1980's)
c. Behavior Styles Theory (1950's); Trait Theory  (1950's-1960's); Situational Theory (1970's); Transformational Theory (1980's)
d. Transformational Theory (1950's); Behavior Styles Theory (1950's-1960's); Trait Theory (1970's); Situational Theory (1980's)

Which of the following did Manz and Sims (2001) NOT report:
a. The quality of group output was better under democratic leadership.
b. Autocratic leadership took more time than democratic.
c. Member satisfaction was higher under democratic leadership.
d. The democratic group had the lowest absenteeism.
e. The democratic group fostered more independence.