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Levers of Leadership Online Exercise

Levers of Leadership is an on-going research project that measures the importance that leaders place on the necessary attributes and behaviors of effective leadership. By eliciting responses from a variety of past, present and future leaders and subordinates, we hope to increase our understanding of how a variety of leaders prioritize the many tasks that are routinely encountered.

Participation in this exercise should take approximately 10-15 minutes and is completely anonymous and voluntary. Please check back on this site periodically as we will update the information to reflect our current understanding of what this research project reveals.

Please click on the “Continue” button below to enter the site and begin the exercise.

Levers of Leadership Online Exercise Consent Form

You are invited to take part in a research survey about leadership attributes and behaviors. Your participation will require approximately 10-15 minutes and is completed online at your computer. There are no known risks or discomforts associated with this survey. However, there are potential benefits in collectively improving our knowledge of the complexity of the leadership domain in better understanding how leaders (past, present and future) prioritize the necessary tasks they have (or will) face. Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. If you choose to be in the study you can withdraw at any time without adversely affecting your relationship with anyone at Colorado College. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential, and digital data will be stored in secure computer files. Any report of this research that is made available to the public will not include your name or any other individual information by which you could be identified. If you have questions or want a copy or summary of this study’s results, you can contact principal investigators Jim Parco ( or Dave Levy ( If you have any questions about whether you have been treated in an illegal or unethical way, contact the Colorado College Institutional Research Board chair, Amanda Udis-Kessler at (719) 227-8177 or Please feel free to print a copy of this consent page to keep for your records.

Clicking the “CONTINUE” button below indicates that you are 18 years of age or older, and indicates your consent to participate in this online exercise.

Demographic Information

Before we begin, we’d like to collect a bit of information about you. Please note that your responses will remain anonymous.

Highest leadership position you've ever held
Please enter your e-mail address
Please re-enter your e-mail address
Are you currently in college?
What is your college status?
Cumulative GPA
Have you ever served in the military?
How many years did you serve(in years)?
Highest Military Rank
Cumulative MPA (cadets only)

Levers of Leadership Online Exercise Instructions

On the next screen, you will be presented with a series of 54 unique behaviors and attributes that have been deemed to be important within the academic literature on leadership. Your task is to prioritize the items based on what you feel your leader/supervisor should focus on.

You will also be able to arrange and rearrange the items as you go. Once you are done, you will be able to review your results and make changes before you confirm your final listing. Please click on the “CONTINUE” button below to begin.

Levers of Leadership Online Exercise

The ultimate goal of this exercise is to create an ordered list of leadership attributes from MOST IMPORTANT to LEAST IMPORTANT that provides useful information for your leader/supervisor. Below, you will see a leadership attribute in a gray box in the middle of the screen. Your task is to drag it to one of the two columns directly underneath it. As soon as you do, another leadership attribute will appear. You should then drag it into one of the columns, above or below the previous item. You should continue this task until you have sorted all 54 attributes.

There are two columns for your sorting convenience, however, after you’ve sorted 27 items in the first column, the bottom item will move to the top of the second column. When you are done sorting, you should have a rank-ordered list from the most important attribute (top of the left-hand column) to the least important attribute (bottom of the right-hand column).

You may also make changes in the order as you go by dragging any attribute to anywhere in the ordered list that you like.

Please verify your rank-ordered list...

Below is your final ordered list from most important (top item) to least important (bottom item). You may make any final changes that you wish at this time. Once you are satisfied with the ordering of your list, please press the SUBMIT button below.

Top-ranked attribute

    Bottom-ranked attribute

    Exercise complete

    Thank you for completing the exercise. Your work will be used to provide useful and actionable data to your leader/supervisor. Please click the button below and save your prioritization list to your computer and mail it to your supervisor/leader.

    Thank you again for your participation.