Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Assessments

Evidence-based, rigorously tested, 30 years of original research, and data from millions of leaders around the world. The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) is the cornerstone of The Leadership Challenge®, our global campaign to liberate the leader in everyone. Over three million people have used the LPI as a first step to reaching their personal leadership best—a clear indication that leadership is a practice that can be learned by anyone, not an inborn skill for the lucky few. No matter where you are in your leadership development journey, here you can discover more about how this 360-degree assessment can help you develop your leadership potential and inspire those around you to be the best they can be.

Self-discovery and self-awareness are essential to developing our capacity to lead.  And a core component in that process includes personal reflection and analysis of our own behaviors as leaders. Equally as valuable is insight and feedback from those around us who know us well, who have experience of us in our role as a leader, and who are committed in their support of our personal development to provide honest input into the behaviors we exhibit to others. Combined, these essential perspectives provide invaluable insight into how we view ourselves as a leader, how others view us, and what actions we can take to improve our effectiveness.  

Our comprehensive suite of LPI tools includes leadership assessments designed to meet your needs: for seasoned leaders as well as those new to the role (LPI 360), individual consultants, human resources professionals, or independent contributors (LPI Individual), and young people looking to enhance their leadership role in school or in the community (Student LPI).

The Leadership Practices Inventory is a questionnaire that contains 30 behavioral statements—six for each of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®—and takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Leaders and individuals complete the LPI Self, rating themselves on the frequency with which they believe they engage in each of the 30 behaviors. Five to ten other people—typically selected by the leaders—complete the LPI Observer, indicating the frequency with which they think the leader engages in each behavior.

The LPI 360 is an observer-based tool for leaders and managers at all levels in an organization—commercial and nonprofit, health care and government—that incorporates the LPI Self instrument (completed by the Leader) and the LPI Observer that gathers important insight from bosses, co-workers, direct reports, and others who have direct experience of the individual leader in a leadership role.

  • LPI Self: a 30-item assessment that provides a way for individual leaders to measure the frequency of their own leadership behaviors on a 10-point frequency scale
  • LPI Observer: a 30-item assessment that provides 360-degree feedback on the frequency of an individual’s leadership behaviors on a 10-point frequency scale, completed by up to 10 people selected by the leader to participate in the proces.

The LPI Individual includes the use of the LPI Self instrument only, typically used by consultants and human resource professionals, or emerging leaders working as independent contributors.  This assessment helps individuals measure their own leadership behaviors while guiding them through the process of applying Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model to real-life organizational challenges and planning a course of action to improve the effectiveness of their performance as leaders.  

Available in print and online.  Results are scored electronically and a customized report is created that summarizes the results.

The Student LPI, created specifically for use with high school or undergraduate college students,  incorporates the Student LPI instrument (completed by the Student Leader) and the Student LPI Observer that gathers valuable 360-dgree feedback from teachers, coaches, teammates, co-workers, and others who have direct experience of the individual in a leadership role.  

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