Moments of Insight that Inspire Change. Using the LPI to measure and build leadership skills

To develop, nurture, and empower leaders, you need a tool that doesn’t simply measure and assess skills, but that inspires the breakthrough insights leaders need to build positive relationships and make extraordinary things happen.

What Does the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Measure?

Applying the proven principles of Kouzes and Posner's acclaimed Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model, the LPI enables individuals and organizations to measure their leadership competencies and act on their discoveries. Leaders will gain deep insight into how they see themselves as leaders, how others view them, and what actions they can take to improve their effectiveness. The LPI is available in six languages - English, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Mongolian.

Who is LPI for?

Anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader and learning to apply Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner's acclaimed Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model to real-life challenges and opportunities will benefit from the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). This comprehensive suite of LPI tools includes 360-degree leadership assessment instruments for both working adults and students with little or no work experience.

LPI® tools for assessing and guiding your leaders

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  • LPI 360 Online: This premier 360-degree assessment includes: the LPI Self (completed by the Leader) and the LPI Observer (completed by others chosen by the Leader).
  • LPI Self Online & Paper: a 30-item profile that provides a way for individual leaders to measure the frequency of their own specific leadership behaviors.
  • LPI Facilitator's Guide Set: a kit that provides everything you need to administer the LPI in a group or one-on-on setting. The kit includes: facilitator materials, flash drive with scoring software and PPT slides, paper versions of the LPI Self and Observer, Workbook, Development Planner, poster, card and The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership article.
  • Student LPI 360 & Self: Created specifically for use with high school or college students. This tool incorporates the Student LPI assessment (completed by the student leader) and the Student LPI Observer assessment that provides valuable 360-dgree feedback from teachers, coaches, teammates, co-workers, and others who have direct experience of the individual in a leadership role.

Easy tracking and fast, actionable feedback

All LPI Online assessments are easily created, tracked, and managed. Automated scoring means feedback reports are produced immediately and are accessible online. LPI Online's individual and group reports examine quantifiable leadership skills, allowing leaders to understand their strengths and weaknesses without the confusion of complicated report analyses.

The Theory and Evidence Behind the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders

There is considerable empirical support for the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership framework. Download the report for an overview of the development and validation of the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).

How Was LPI Verified and Tested?

Comparisons of LPI scores along a number of critical dimensions are summarized, as well as brief insights into findings by other researchers utilizing this leadership framework and instrument. Readers and scholars interested in more academic discussions of the LPI can find several more technical reports as well as other research descriptions.




"We use the LPI as the benchmark measurement for a major leadership development program. It is a surprisingly insightful tool for such a time efficient 360 assessment. Its greatest strength is the follow up training available with world-class Leadership Challenge facilitators."

—Nathalie McNeil, Head of HR, Novartis Australia