The Leadership Practices Inventory (version 4.0) is an interactive, values-based, assessment created by The Leadership Challenge authors, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. It has helped develop the leadership skills of more than three million people worldwide.
The Five Practices (and Ten Commitments) of Exemplary Leadership
The LPI looks for and identifies your leadership competency in the terms of their Five Practices and Ten Commitments of exemplary leadership:
Practice #1: Model the Way
- Commitment #1: Find Your Voice by clarifying your personal values
- Commitment #2: Set the Example by aligning actions with shared values
Practice #2: Inspire a Shared Vision
- Commitment #3: Envision the Future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities
- Commitment #4: Enlist Others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations
Practice #3: Challenge the Process
- Commitment #5: Search for Opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow, and improve.
- Commitment #6: Experiment and Take Risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes
Practice #4: Enable Others to Act
- Commitment #7: Foster Collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust.
- Commitment #8: Strengthen Others by sharing power and discretion.
Practice #5: Encourage the Heart
- Commitment #9: Recognize Contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.
- Commitment #10: Celebrate the Values and Victories by creating a spirit of community.
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There are two, on-line, versions of the LPI:
- The Leadership Practices Invenory-360°(LPI-360°) is LeadershipTraction’s preferred multi-rater-type assessment for soliciting feedback from your direct reports. It includes the LPI-360°assessment survey, findings report, participant’s workbook, and a 1½ to 2-hour, 1-on-1, debriefing/review by telephone, to help you make sense of – and derive the most value from – your results.
- The Leadership Practices Inventory-Individual (LPI-I) Self assessment is an excellent tool for identifying your beliefs and values vis-à-vis exemplary leadership behaviors and includes the LPI-I assessment, findings report, development planner, and a 30 to 45-minute, 1-on-1, debriefing/review by telephone, to help you make sense of – and derive the most value from – your results.
“The LPI was very helpful in getting me to think about what people thought of my leadership style and how I could become
a better boss. The results were like pieces of a puzzle that I never seemed to be able to put together before.
I now know what I need to do.”