Leadership Practices Inventory

For people to perform at higher levels, they need to have both ambitious goals and effective feedback. One without the other is not enough, so valid feedback is essential.

The Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI) is a 360° instrument that measures the frequency of 30 behaviors, identified by authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, as the behaviors that leaders engage in most frequently while performing at their best. Research has shown that the more frequently an individual is perceived as demonstrating the behaviors, the more likely that person will be identified as an effective leader. The LPI is a tool which helps leaders assess the extent to which they actually use those practices, so that they can determine a workable strategy for improvement.

Value of the Leadership Practices Inventory

For those who might be considering 360° leadership feedback, here are some key reasons for selecting the LPI:

It is simple and concise. It is a 30 question inventory that focuses specifically on proven leader behaviors. It usually takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

It is practical and manageable. Because there are only 30 questions measuring 5 independent scales (The Five Practices), people can easily grasp the feedback. (Many 360’s cover a confusingly-wide range of topics or competencies, such as personal resilience, strategic business acumen or political savvy. Recipients of this feedback find it hard to make sense of all the data and to determine what actions are most important to take as a result. And raters can easily get overwhelmed by the amount of time it takes to answer the large number of questions.)

It is usable. The key question for any survey is, “do people use it?” Recipients tend to continue referring to the LPI, because it is easy to find the specific feedback they are seeking. How valuable is survey feedback if the recipient never uses it?

Its reliability and validity have stood the test of time. As people improve their scores on the LPI, they are able to achieve higher, measurable leader outcomes.

As part of the LPI feedback, recipients receive comparative data, which allows them to clearly see how their scores compare to thousands of others who have participated in the inventory.

Group data can easily be kept for groups of all sizes, from a project team to an organization.

• Our three-decades of experience with developing leaders has proven that people can improve their leadership capabilities from focusing on the items measured by the LPI. Simply speaking, it works.

For more information, please contact ILA.