Leadership Personality Questionnaire — DLPQ

The Leadership Personality Questionnaire measures 4 leadership styles and 20 leadership traits observed in highly successful individuals.
Estimated time

10-15 minutes

Number of questions


Cost (commercial)

4 tokens

Cost (individual)

CAD $40.00

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General description

Individuals with highly effective leadership skills can be of great benefit to their organizations by increasing the wellbeing and productivity of their employees. The DLPQ was developed by examining the common personality traits observed in the three most common leadership styles (transformational, transactional, and passive leadership) and the predominant traits responsible for self-leadership.

Research highlights the fact that leaders who use a transformational leadership style can positively influence employees' happiness, motivation, and health, which in turn has a positive effect on performance and productivity. Healthy leadership combined with a solid wellness program can optimize the value of what the wellness program brings. It was found that over two thirds of employers offer wellness programs to their employees. While such programs further help employees, a wellness culture maintained through efficient leadership is necessary to ensure that employees make the most out of the programs offered by their organization.

The benefits of effective leadership go beyond wellness and productivity. A higher level of leadership was associated with a lower proportion of workplace conflicts. Such trends are also found in relation to employee turnover. Studies found that leaders using a transformational approach had lower turnover, while leaders using a transactional or passive approach had higher turnover, mostly due to employees' dissatisfaction towards management.


Experts estimate that 80% of employee turnover is a result of the environment created by managers, while only 20% is due to other causes related to the company's culture.

The different types of leadership

Transformational leaders work as equals with their followers to identify needed change, to create a vision guiding the change through inspiration, and to execute the change in tandem with committed members of the group. Transactional leaders prefer to use a more directive approach, using rewards and punishments in order to achieve compliance from followers. Transformational leaders look towards changing the future to inspire followers and accomplish goals, whereas transactional leaders prefer maintaining the status quo. Passive leaders tend to not provide leadership to others, showing a preference for letting the followers decide for themselves. Lastly, self-leadership focuses on the ability to be a leader to yourself through various methods, such as rewarding yourself, being critical of yourself, and setting goals for yourself.

List of leadership styles and traits measured by the DLPQ

Building Trust

Concern for Followers

Honesty & Consistency

Empowering Followers

Delegating Responsibilities

Encourage Followers

Accessible to Others

Inspirational Motivation

Distance from Followers


Resistant to Change

Extrinsically Motivated

Emphasis on Corporate Structure

Avoiding Involvement

Crisis Manager




Evaluation of Personal Beliefs

Setting Goals

Data in brief

The Transformational scale of the Leadership Personality Questionnaire has been associated with the following characteristics:
  • Transparency
  • Self-awareness
  • Inspirational motivation
  • Empathy
  • Organizational commitment
  • Active leadership
  • Openness
  • Emotional stability
  • Agreeableness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Stress resiliency
  • Satisfaction with life
  • Cooperation
  • Planning skills
  • Fairness
  • Proactive approach
  • Time management
  • Ambitions
  • Work satisfaction
  • Self-perceived success

Did you know that managers who use a transformational approach create happier employees by integrating them to the decision process?

Usage of online assessments









Studies show that the global market for online assessment steadily grows over the years, predominantly to recruit and develop key employees.

Benefits of psychometric tests

The usage of psychometric assessments has gained considerable popularity over the years in the HR process, mostly due to their versatility, efficiency, and affordability. Several companies have also started using psychometric assessments due to their numerous benefits, such as:

  • More reliable and less risky decisions
  • Predictor of performance
  • Fairer decisions
  • Defendable decisions based on empirical data
  • Faster decisions


Commonly asked questions.

The Leadership Personality Questionnaire costs 4 tokens per candidate. Please visit our pricing page for more information.

Questionnaires assessing personality features are not timed and the questions are easily answered using a "Strongly Disagree" to "Strongly Agree" scale. Although there is no time limit, we suggest test takers choose their answers based on their first instinct and do not over-think their answer.

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