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Welcome to the Social Influence Survey (SIS)
(This assessment is to be taken on students, ages 6-18)

NOTE: We are in the process of updating this entire website as the technology has changed.  Therefore, you MAY get an error notice after completing this SIS assessment.  Chances are it went through.  Please notify your trainer so s/he can recover this for you.  We apologize for the inconvenience as parents at this time are unable to read the results of their child's SIS.  For those applying for the SEC in Los Angeles, send a confirmation to and we'll add it to your application.  Thanks!

If the child is 2-5 years old, click KiddieLead logo /files/Pictures/KiddieLead logo.jpg

If you're an adult 19+, click the logo for your SIS
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Explanation: The SIS was designed to identify observable leadership indicators in children, preteens and teens (ages 6-18), for the purpose of developing these aptitudes for future effectiveness.  While the SIS does not predict the absence of leadership potential, it is designed to help identify children & youth with current capacity, whose actions might otherwise be overlooked or wrongly assessed.  Adults respond to questions about the student.  This is not for children or preteens to take on themselves, but could be taken by a teenager.  The SIS is used as part of the LeadNow and LeadWell training program application, as well as a pre-test for benchmarking growth among those participating in a program.  Each training program applicant needs to submit an application and 2 SIS forms, one of which must be from a non-relative.

Directions: If you are using this for your own child/youth as a personal growth tool, be sure to mark the "Parent/Guardian" circle and you will receive a feedback summary and questions explanation in return.  If you are taking this for another child who is applying for a KidLead/LeadYoung training program—then your survey will not be returned to you or the parent/guardian of the child, for anonymity.  This provides more accurate feedback for us in considering the fit of the training program.  It is VERY important to include the Trainer e-mail and host organization name IF this is part of a training program application.


The reliability of the SIS results depends on the person taking the survey having observed the student in a social setting.  This might include parents, relatives, school teachers, coaches, religious teachers, after school program directors, family friends and neighbors.  There will be 25, multiple-choice questions.  All questions must be answered in order to submit the survey. Please answer the final questions if part of an application.


There are no right or wrong, good or bad answers.  Mark the response that seems to best reflect how you have observed the student.  First responses are usually best.  If you do not feel you can adequately answer a question, mark “Unsure.” KidLead retains this data for its ongoing research on leadership development, but will not share any personal information with anyone other than a certified Trainer if part of a training program application. This is a secure form.


NOTE TO TEACHERS/PARENTSTeachers, we’ve found that educators sometime mix academic skills with leading.  Please try to distinguish between these when you respond, thinking in terms of the student’s social skills and ability to influence others toward a common goal (leading).  We’ve also found that sometimes parents like to project their wishes onto their children, so as much as possible, strive to be objective in terms of actual behaviors witnessed in social settings.

(Click HERE for a MSWord format of the SIS.  This has no automated summary or parental key and is only recommended if you cannot use the following online format and it needs to be submitted as part of a KidLead training application.  Also be sure that you include the Trainer's e-mail address and host organization name, to be sure your info makes it to the proper source.  Again, this is a secure form, so your information is safe.) 

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Trainer's E-mail Address (If submitting as part of a specific training program.):
Student's First Name:  
Student's Last Name:  
Parent's First Name:  
Parent's Last Name:  
Parent's Email:  
Student's Home Town:  
Student’s City – State/Province – Country:
How long have you known the student:  
Name of organization hosting the training program (if known):
Your Relationship to Student:    
Student's Age:

INSTRUCTIONS: Mark the answer that best describes your observations of the student noted.

1. The child/youth tends to persuade or be persuaded by peers.  

2. The child/youth tends to be task oriented and/or goal oriented.  

3. The child/youth is observed to be opinionated and/or strong-willed.  

4. The child/youth connects well with adults and/or seems to be adult-like in terms of responsibility  

5. Peers seem to like and follow child/youth (on the playground, in the classroom, in the neighborhood)  

6. This child/youth has been disciplined or critiqued for being “bossy”.  

7. This child/youth sticks to his/her principles, even when peers deviate or disagree.  

8. Child/youth initiates new projects and tasks.  

9. How independent does this child/youth seem to be?  

10. If you needed to step away from your class or team for a while, how likely would you be to put this child/youth in charge while you were away?  

11. The child/youth negotiates options, compromises, “deals.”  

12. The child/youth is decisive.  

13. When child/youth interrupts a conversation...  

14. Child/youth exudes confidence in pressure situations.  

15. Demonstrates ambition / vision.  

16. Child/youth initiates supervision of younger children socially.  

17. Child/youth is optimistic.  

18. Use of humor and sometimes the “class clown.”  

19. Exudes a can-do spirit and perseveres.  

20. Child/youth is willing to takes risks and try new things.  

21. Child/youth challenges rules that don’t seem to make sense or seem unfair.  

22. Child/youth is not afraid of healthy conflict, confronting a person/situation.  

23. This child/youth is competitive.  

24. The child/youth demonstrates strategic thinking skills / solving a problem without a lot of resources or adult intervention.  

25. Organizational leadership: The ability to influence others as a group, toward accomplishing common goals.
Based on the above definition of organizational leadership, how would you rate the observed organizational leadership qualities of the child/youth?  

Please respond to these questions if the student you’re responding to in this SIS form is applying for the LeadNow (ages 10-13) or LeadWell (ages 14-18) training program. Your answers are important to the candidate’s consideration. Thank you!
Give an example of where you’ve seen this child/youth lead a group of peers or others.
What was the goal/project?
How did the child/youth behave?
What went well and what did not?
Why do you think this preteen/teen should be considered for a leadership development program?
Feel free to add any other comments about what you’ve observed regarding this youth's ability to influence others.