Least Preferred Coworker Scale

Instructions:

Think of all the different people with whom you have ever worked - in jobs, in social clubs, in student projects, or whatever. Next think of the one person with whom you could work least well - that is, the person with whom you had the most difficulty getting a done. This is the one person - a peer, boss, or subordinate - with whom you would least want to work. Describe this person by selecting numbers at the appropriate points on each of the following pairs of bipolar adjectives. Work rapidly. There are no right or wrong answers.

Pleasant    8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1    Unpleasant

 
Friendly 8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1 Unfriendly

 
Rejecting 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Accepting

 
Tense 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Relaxed

 
Distant 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Close

 
Cold 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Warm

 
Supportive    8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1    Hostile

 
Boring 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Interesting

 
Quarrelsome 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Harmonious

 
Gloomy 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Cheerful

 
Open    8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1    Guarded

 
Backbiting 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Loyal

 
Untrustworthy 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Trustworthy

 
Considerate    8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1    Inconsiderate

 
Nasty 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Nice

 
Agreeable    8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1    Disagreeable

 
Insincere 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Sincere

 
Kind    8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1    Unkind

 

        


Source: Fred E. Fiedler and Martin M. Chemers, Improving Leadership Effectiveness: The Leader Match Concept, ed. 2 (New York: John Wiley & sons, 1984). Used by Permission.