The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire™ (MLQ) measures a broad range of leadership types from passive leaders, to leaders who give contingent rewards to followers, to leaders who transform their followers into becoming leaders themselves. Highly transformational leaders can, however, be highly effective without being authentic (e.g. Hitler), as defined below.
The Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) measures key components of authentic leadership:
This combination of instruments is offered for the convenience of conducting a single survey rather than two separate surveys on Mind Garden's Transform system. For purchase of Reports or for PDF licenses, see each instrument separately.
MLQ Copyright © 1995 by Bernard Bass & Bruce J. Avolio; ALQ Copyright © 2007 by Bruce J. Avolio, William L. Gardner, & Fred O. Walumbwa
Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire™ is a trademark of Mind Garden, Inc.
Features of the ALQ + MLQ
Purpose: Measure transformational leadership along with authenticity in leadership
Length: 61 items
Average completion time: 25-30 minutes
Target population: Working adults
Administration: For individual or group administration
Uses of the ALQ + MLQ
Builds Trust (Idealized Attributes)
Acts with Integrity (Idealized Behaviors)
Encourages Others (Inspirational Motivation)
Encourages Innovative Thinking (Intellectual Stimulation)
Coaches & Develops People (Individualized Consideration)
Rewards Acheivement (Contingent Reward)
Monitors Deviations & Mistakes (Management-by-Exception: Active)
Fights Fires (Management-by-Exception: Passive)
Avoids Involvement (Laissez-Faire)
Outcomes of Leadership:
Generates Extra Effort
Is Productive (Effectiveness)
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"Research on how leaders affect followers' self-concepts indicates that transformational leadership works by influencing followers to identify with a collective enterprise and to internalize group aspirations. Transactional leadership appeals to followers' self-interest, but transformational leadership changes the way followers see themselves—from isolated individuals to members of a larger group. Transformational leaders do this by modeling collective commitment (e.g., through self-sacrifice and the use of “we” instead of “I”), emphasizing the similarity of group members, and reinforcing collective goals, shared values, and common interests. When followers see themselves as members of a collective, they tend to endorse group values and goals, and this enhances their motivation to contribute to the greater good."
Research findings on transformational leadership from "Context and leadership: an examination of the nine-factor full-range leadership theory using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire" by John Antonakis, Bruce J. Avolio and Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam, The Leadership Quarterly, 14(3), June 2003, 261-295:
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