Category Findings

The Effective Leadership category measures the extent to which employees believe leadership at all levels of the organization generates motivation and commitment, encourages integrity and manages people fairly, while also promoting the professional development, creativity and empowerment of employees.

Survey Questions

The 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey included the following definitions:

Senior Leaders: The heads of departments/agencies and their immediate leadership team responsible for directing the policies and priorities of the department/agency. May hold either a political or career appointment and typically is a member of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent.

Managers: Those in management positions who typically supervise one or more supervisors.

Supervisors: First-line supervisors typically responsible for employees’ performance appraisals and leave approval.

Non-Supervisor: Anyone who does not have supervisory responsibilities.

  • Overall, how good a job do you feel is being done by your immediate supervisor? (Q. 52)
  • My supervisor provides me with opportunities to demonstrate my leadership skills. (Q. 43)
  • Employees have a feeling of personal empowerment with respect to work processes. (Q. 30)
  • Discussions with my supervisor about my performance are worthwhile. (Q. 44)
  • I have a high level of respect for my organization’s senior leaders. (Q. 61)
  • In my organization, senior leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment in the workforce. (Q. 53)
  • My organization’s senior leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. (Q. 54)
  • Arbitrary action, personal favoritism and coercion for partisan political purposes are not tolerated. (Q. 37)
  • I can disclose a suspected violation of any law, rule or regulation without fear of reprisal. (Q. 17)
  • Supervisors in my work unit support employee development. (Q. 47)
  • How satisfied are you with your involvement in decisions that affect your work? (Q. 63)
  • How satisfied are you with the information you receive from management on what’s going on in your organization? (Q. 64)