Assessing leaders.

Author:Bryce, Deanne
Position:Pfeiffer and Co.'s leadership development planner

LPI Online, 2004, Pfeiffer/Wiley (800-274-4434,, $110 per leader license per year; discounts available. Facilitator guide, participant workbook, leadership development planner.

If your executive team or an influential member of it is familiar with The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, now considered to be a leadership classic, then LPI Online, an extension of the research done by the authors, is a good choice. It is a product with enough credibility to convince executives to utilize the feedback process themselves before rolling it out to the rest of the management team.

LPI Online is an interactive tool designed to administer the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree leadership assessment instrument created by Kouzes and Posner. According the publisher, The Leadership Practices Inventory has been used in print form by close to 1 million people worldwide. Now, LPI Online offers simplified, time-saving administration and immediate, streamlined results and 24/7 web-based access for LPI administrators and participants alike.

The assessment is designed around five practices described in The Leadership Challenge:

*Model the way

*Challenge the process

*Inspire a shared vision

*Enable others to act

*Encourage the heart

Within these practice areas of leadership, there are a total of 30 leadership behaviors or competencies. The behaviors are rated by "observers" on a scale of 1 to 10. When leaders receive their report, they are able to look at the results in a variety of ways and compare their responses to the average response and the response of different categories of observers.

The strengths of the product are the ease of use and the content, which is based on the research of credible experts. The additional materials help achieve the goal of creating a complete leadership development...

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