The Social Influence Survey (SIS) For 2-5 Year Olds

Welcome to the KiddieLead Social Influence Survey (SIS).  The purpose of this free assessment is to assist parents, early childhood educators and caregivers in identifying leadership aptitude in children between the ages of 2-6. The hope is to identify the very young who demonstrate a natural aptitude for leading, for more intentional development. Adults respond to 25, multiple-choice questions regarding a child’s observed social behaviors. NOTE: Results are sent via email, only to the addresses placed on the form. (Check “junk” file if you do not see it in your Inbox.)

Explanation:  This version of the SIS is designed to identify children with natural leadership aptitude, deemed “early bloomers,” whose actions might otherwise be overlooked or misunderstood. We’ve found that these students tend to possess the ability to learn leadership skills earlier than others, especially by the age of 10-12, thus we refer to it as an aptitude. The SIS does not claim to reveal an absence of leadership potential. (Use the NYLI to assess students, ages 6-18.)

Directions: SIS results reliability depend on the quality and quantity of observation. Responders may include parents, relatives, caregivers, school and religious teachers, coaches, after-school program directors, family friends, and neighbors. There are no right or wrong, good or bad answers. Mark the response that seems to best reflect how you have observed the child. If you do not feel you can adequately answer a question, mark “Unsure.” All questions must be answered to submit a survey.

Results: Adults respond to questions about a child. Email addresses placed in the e-mail slot(s) receive scoring results and feedback. This data may be used for research purposes, but names and contact info will not be shared with anyone else.

Note to Educators & Parents:  Teachers, we’ve found that educators sometimes confuse 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. 

    Please start the SIS Ages 2 to 5 Survey

    Trainer's E-mail Address (if submitting as part of a specific training program.):

    Parent's First Name:

    Parent's Last Name:

    Parent's Email Address:

    Child's First Name:

    Child's Last Name:

    Child's Age:

    Student's Gender :

    Your Relationship to Child :

    Child's City:

    Child's State/Province:

    Child's Country :

    Name of organization hosting the training program (if known):


    1. Does the child tend to persuade or be persuaded by peers?

    2. The child enjoys staying busy with tasks.

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

    4. The child enjoys role playing with peers, establishing himself/herself in more adult-leader roles (i.e. the teacher, parent, doctor, boss).

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

    6. This child has been disciplined / critiqued for being “bossy,” may interrupt an adult giving instructions with a better way of accomplishing a task.

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

    8. Child initiates new projects and tasks.

    9. The child shows disappointment when s/he is unable to finish tasks, cannot share ideas, is not called upon.

    10. Child enjoys being the teacher’s helper and/or you would trust this child to be a team helper, assisting you in organizing and overseeing a project to completion.

    11. The child works to get his/her way.

    12. Child is decisive.

    13. When child speaks:

    14. Child exudes confidence.

    15. Child is a good problem solver, can tell when something isn’t working and strives to rethink it.

    16. Child initiates games or activities with others.

    17. Child remains enthusiastic and optimistic, even during challenges.

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

    19. Exudes a can-do attitude and perseveres.

    20. Child is willing to takes risks, try new things.

    21. Child ignores or pushes on the rules if it helps meet his/her goals.

    22. Child is not afraid of healthy conflict with peers.

    23. The child is competitive.

    24. The child provides clear instructions to others in a task, verbally and/or demonstrating what to do.

    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?