Connecting the LPI 360 and the EQ-i 2.0 to Craft a Powerful Leadership Credo

Connecting the LPI® 360 and the EQ-i 2.0 to Craft a Powerful
Leadership Credo

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Over the past two years I have been researching the connection between the LPI® 360 leadership behaviors and the emotional intelligence competencies in the EQ-i 2.0 assessment. What I have found is interesting—not only from an organizational perspective but also personally as I’ve been focused on becoming crystal clear about my Leadership Credo.

As a new Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge® I am continuing to hone my competence in all things related to the principles and Practices of this powerful model. I owe it to myself and those I will ultimately train and coach to identify my values, what I stand for, and to articulate those beliefs in a way that is both honest and compelling. In this ongoing process, my Credo is currently formulated around the following four statements:
  • I believe in delivering excellence. If it’s worth doing, let’s do it right the first time. 
  • I believe the best choices come from the unbiased truth. Let’s be sure we work from reality and not speculation. 
  • I believe we all deserve lots of chances to try, to fail, and to improve. Let’s work to judge ourselves and others less, and lead with grace. 
  • I believe wild ideas create wild success. Let’s commit to exploring beyond our own knowledge and taking action in creative new ways. 
Development of these simple statements has taken me months. Using The Leadership Challenge Values Cards, I spread my “most important” values cards on my dining room table and moved them around for several weeks, continually asking myself, “Who am I and from what values do I operate?” Once I chose my top five, I challenged myself to observe where and when I exhibited these values, and how others responded to my actions. Not surprising, these values have consistently shown up in the written feedback from my LPI 360. I also am not surprised to see my Credo statements clearly in my EQ-i 2.0 results.

My Core Values My Highest El Competencies
 Quality  Self-Regard, Social Responsibility
 Truth  Reality Testing, Problem Solving
 Empathy  Empathy, Realty Testing, Self-Regard
 Innovation  Self-Actualization, Problem Solving
 Achievement/Success  Self-Actualization, Optimism

In my role as Vice President of Leadership Development at First Command Financial Services, The Leadership Challenge® serves as the core operating system for all of our leadership development efforts while we also incorporate a variety of other tools, including the EQ-i 2.0. Specifically, we connect leaders’ results from the LPI360 to the EQ-i 2.0 in order to help them better understand WHY they show up for others the way they do. Across the organization, making this correlation helps us reshape and refine our leadership dialog and development. In fact, holding the research of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model in one hand while considering the emotional intelligence competencies assessed in the EQ-i 2.0 in the other has helped me shape and refine my own thinking as a leader as well.

My leadership credo is complete and comes easily to me now. Through the combined insight of the LPI 360 and the EQ-i 2.0 instruments, I clearly understand and believe in my leadership credo. And best of all, others tell me it is easy to see my values come to life in my daily actions and words. Great feedback to know that I am Modelling the Way with my values and actions fully aligned.

Karen Atwell, PCC, is a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge® and Vice President, Leadership Development at First Command Financial Services. With over 35 years of varied leadership experience. Karen is also founding principal of Dynamic Perspectives where she focuses on helping leaders create intentional success from vision to results. To receive a sample EQ-i 2.0 report or for more information, Karen can be reached at


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