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

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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.



Please remember that although you may know your child best, you do possess a parental perspective that will be different from what others see. The latter is important because social leading relies a lot on the perception of others. You may want to get the perspectives of various people who fill out an SIS for your child. If you do this, find an independent party to gather and score these. Otherwise the results will likely be influenced if the person taking the survey believes you’ll read his/her answers. Try to arrange for anonymous feedback if possible, for best results.