Christmas Leadership Quiz [2013]

December 18, 2013

Christmas QuizYou are invited to take a light-hearted quiz to be tried over the festive season. The time limit is 5 minutes for its 10 multiple choice questions

It is based on information found in the textbook Dilemmas of Leadership, but a mix of knowledge and some intuition should be enough for you to score better than a random decision-making programme.

Question 1 Mentoring:

[ ] Mentoring began with Mentor, a figure in Greek mythology
[ ]Mentoring is term based on the Latin for achieving an environment conducive to learning
[ ]Mentoring is term based on the Latin for achieving development of the mind

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Which Business Leader Said…?

December 16, 2011

Which business leader said: “I’ve had no life for the past two years …”? George Bush? Tony Hayward? Or was it Lloyd’s CEO Antonio Horta Osorio? Or someone else?

The Quiz question

This is your LWD quiz question and puzzle for the festive season. Challenge yourself, or try it out on friends (or enemies, if you aren’t quite in the festive spirit).

The quote continued:

” …The past six months have been particularly lacking in quality of life. It has taken a huge toll on me, and it has taken a huge toll on those around me.”

So what do you think? Was it George, Tony, or Antonio?

Don’t be fooled

The quote may seem familiar, but don’t be fooled …

It wasn’t Tony Hayward

No, it wasn’t Tony Hayward of BP. Faced with the biggest crisis under his leadership, Hayward uttered words that were reported around the world, and were to later associated with his losing his job: “I want my life back back”.

It wasn’t George Bush

It wasn’t George Bush, pictured above. Don’t know what he’s up to, and he may indeed have more time for other things now such as watching President Obama struggle with the dilemmas of leadership…

And it wasn’t Antonio Horta Osarios

And it wasn’t Lloyds bank leader Mr Horta-Osório, who eventually returned to his post after eight days [November 2011] at The Priory medical clinic recovering from the effects of extreme sleep deprivation. According to The Telegraph,

The 47-year old Portuguese banker described the experience of being forced to relinquish his duties on October 31 as “humbling” and said he had to “rebalance” his life to ensure that he did not let things go “too far” again.

“With hindsight, I probably threw myself in too much. Focused too much, with too much intensity and I should have dealt with it differently. This was a humbling experience for me and I took the proper lessons from it. I will do things differently going forward.”

Another hint

Here’s another hint about the unnamed leader who was also reported as saying:

“It was like when the flutter of a wing of a butterfly in the Amazon causes a storm in Alaska,” recalls Mr ******.

The Leader was …?

Who is Mr ******

A special mention will be made of any reader who sends in the correct answer, together with a URL link [use the comments section below].

Special mentions also for creative guesses such as George Bush (pictured above). More about Mr ****** will be published for Christmas [Posting scheduled for December 24th, 2011]

Leadership Quiz

November 25, 2007

washington-and-bush.jpgThe leadership quiz is offered for students of leadership. Suggestions for answering the questions can be found at the end of the post

1How would you define leadership?
2Where would you expect to find the earliest recorded descriptions of leaders?
3Who wrote about the lives of great engineers?
4What assumption lies behind trait theories of leadership?
5What do we remember as Stogdill’s contribution to leadership?
6What assumption lies behind style theories of leadership?
7Suggest two contrasting leadership styles found in experimental studies
8What is a contingency theory?
9What leadership style is associated with ‘New Leadership’ theories of the 1980s?
10What is distributed leadership?
11What leadership concept was central to Weber’s social theorizing?
12How did the theory re-emerge in later leadership studies?
13What are usually listed as the historical periods of leadership thought?
14What led to the various changes in leadership thought?


The questions were based on materials to be found in Dilemmas of Leadership. Some answers can be found in a slideshare presentation on