is a 360° Leadership Survey?
The term 360° survey comes from a comparison to a compass, i.e.,
it reflects a survey that is answered by people from all around
you. Not only do you complete a survey on yourself, but you ask
your manager to complete it, your peers and those you manage. So
you get feedback from all directions, hence 360°.
to the Servant Shepherd Leadership Indicator
Shepherd Leadership Indicator, or SSLI, is the first and, quite
possibly, only fully validated leadership survey based solely on
Scriptural principles. The SSLI grew out of the leadership ministries
of Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, Connecticut, in 1997.
Leaders in churches and missions agencies use it for three purposes.
To refine their own biblical leadership, to teach staff members
the central tenets of servant shepherd leadership, and to train
lay leaders in a model of leadership that can be carried with confidence
into the secular work world. Christian business people can choose
the business version of the SSLI, the BenchStrength Leadership Survey.
the Servant Shepherd Leadership Indicator is a biblical model of
leadership based on the two strongest images of a leader, that of
a servant and of a shepherd. Both images are powerful metaphors
of what Kingdom leadership should look like. A servant serves the
purposes of God in the lives of individuals that he/she leads. A
shepherd courageously engages the flock or group in accomplishing
the purposes of God for that group. Both tasks are essential for
biblical leadership to honor God. For a more detailed consideration
of the Servant Shepherd model of leadership, refer to the article
Biblical Framework for Leadership: The Key to Unlocking Godís Point
of View on Leading."
is involved in completing a SSLI Leadership Profile?
Some people choose to complete only a self-assessment of their biblical
leadership practices and do not ask others for feedback. Others
want to benefit from knowing how they are perceived so they can
learn how to make adjustments in their leadership initiatives. Their
intent is to grow as leaders and to model the importance of a teachable
heart. They know that they are not perfect leaders, as if anyone
were, and have the strength of character to listen to anonymous
feedback on ways they could be more effective. They realize that
it is not a sign of weakness to ask for feedback but, on the contrary,
a sign of strength to entertain the well-intentioned views of those
When you decide to request an SSLI profile, simply indicate your
interest via an email or by calling the numbers listed in Contact
Us. A complete set of instructions will be sent to
you by email, including a set of personal passkeys, one for you
and one for those who will be giving you feedback. Send the passkey
to your contributors and request them to follow the instructions.
It is as simple as that. Once you and your contributors have entered
the data, The
Booth Company will take the results off the web,
calculate your results and print your report. Typically, your feedback
report can be ready to ship 48 hours after your survey deadline.
there conditions when one should not use the Servant Shepherd Leadership
But there are times and circumstance when it is not appropriate
to use the SSLI.
-- If you are
new in your position, people do not have enough time to make an
if a considerable number of those you lead are new members on your
team or staff, postpone the SSLI until they have learned more about
-- The SSLI should
never be used as a performance review process. It is meant for professional
development purposes only.
-- If there is
significant conflict in your church or work environment, postpone
the SSLI until after the crisis has passed. Then it can be used
as a way to discover how similar situations can be avoided in the
can I see a copy of the Servant Shepherd Leadership Indicator on
To access a sample SSLI, click the link below and follow the login instructions at the welcome screen:
Click here to view the SSLI demo
This will bring up a demonstration survey for Bill Pastor. Scroll through the survey to view all the questions. Then, if you decide you would like additional information or would like to have your own SSLI profile, contact
to sign up for an SSLI Leadership Profile
to sign up for your own SSLI or to request a profile for the members
of other leaders in your group. Be sure to indicate your email address
so we can contact you quickly to begin your profiling process.
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