Socially Responsible Leadership Scale

The Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (SRLS) is an instrument based on the Social Change Model (SCM) of leadership development. The SRLS is used for research, assessment, and education to measure and identify leadership capacities. SRLS is a simple Web-based survey that takes only about 15 minutes to complete. Students are instantly scored on the eight core values of SCM. Research and assessment in leadership development helps us all to improve our practice for students as we continue to learn which experiences have the most impact on our learning outcomes.

Socially Responsible Leadership Scale Refinement

Based on findings from the Muilti-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) the SRLS has been refined from a 71 item scale previously used in the SRLS On-Line system to a 34 item scale. Results from the MSL research guided us to omit the Common Purpose Scale from the SRLS. To better understand the rational for taking out the Common Purpose Scale from the SRLS please go to The Measurement of Socially Responsible Leadership: Considerations in Establishing Psychometric Rigor.

7 Reasons to Select SRLS

SRLS is psychometrically sound

It is grounded in research - valid and reliable. Experts in the study of higher education have developed and refined the instrument.

SRLS is theoretically sound

It is the only instrument of its kind built upon the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development. Every item included in the survey fits into the theoretical model.

SRLS focuses on behavior, not personality

A student's personality is static, but behavior can change, offering room for growth. Students get practical advice for improving their leadership skills.

SRLS is easy to use

It was designed to be self-administered; the survey's Web interface is simple and intuitive for both the purchaser and student taking the assessment.

SRLS is easy to administer

The Web-based instrument spares you the burden of managing paper surveys and reports. Support by phone or email is available.

SRLS is versatile

It can be used for education, assessment, or research. Its licensing options serve the needs of individuals, groups, and institutions.

SRLS is flexible

Site licenses can be scaled up or down, depending on the group's size, and can include custom questions and reports.

Leadership & Social Change

  • Development
  • Process

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development

SCM describes leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-driven process, instead of a title or position. In this context, a "leader" is anyone who wants to work with others to make a difference. The model's central principles-social responsibility and change for the common good-are assessed through eight core values that describe a student's level of self-awareness and ability to work with others.

Leadership is a process, not a position.

SRLS uses the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (SRLS) to measure your student's leadership capacities based on the eight core values of the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership Development.