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Leadership Self Assessment

The CEELO Leadership Self-Assessment is designed to enable early education professionals to assess their current knowledge, skills and beliefs related to Individual and Collective Leadership, and to maximize resources and activities found in the CEELO Leadership Toolkit. It is recommended that you begin by completing the Self-Assessment to familiarize yourself with and reflect upon key areas deemed useful for early education leaders to possess.

The Self-Assessment is designed as a checklist of important topics with space provided to make notes about your key goals for new learning. Review each topic and rate your level of proficiency from I – IV (levels are defined at bottom of each page). Once you’ve completed the checklist, go back to review your assessments and identify Next Steps/Actions for Improvement. This tool will help you chart your course for enhancing effective leadership.

Based on your completed Self-Assessment and identified Next/Steps/Actions for Improvement, refer to the corresponding section of the CEELO Leadership Toolkit. You may wish to start with the section having the most check marks in Levels I or II as goals for new growth or target skills in Level III to achieve greater expertise.

This is your self-assessment. Use it as you see fit to best benefit your professional growth. It can provide the basis for periodic reflection, re-charting your course as a leader, or serving as a professional development tool for conversations with your mentor, coach, or colleagues. There is no incorrect way to apply this Self-Assessment for catapulting your thinking about leading in a learning organization.



Leadership can be viewed on two levels – Individual and Collective. Individual Leadership consists of attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors possessed by a person identified as a leader, someone others will trust and follow. Collective Leadership is more group-oriented, capitalizing on the collective attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors of members to engage in improving a condition.

Sustained improvement relies on both individual and collective engagement and ownership by stakeholders. Strategies for developing and supporting leadership on these two levels are different yet complementary. Click on the buttons below for additional information and resources.


Individual Leadership  Collective Leadership