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Scientific background

You will find a large variety of 360 degree tools in the market. By far, most 360 degree tools are based on the assumption that leadership is just leadership. However, as the Leadership Pipeline book documents, this is exactly the assumption that causes most problems for an organization’s ambition to build an internal leadership pipeline.

 

The Leadership Performance Index® survey is uniquely designed around the Leadership Pipeline concept and the decades of field observations and research that led to the book.

 

Accordingly, you cannot just ask the same questions in a leadership assessment across leadership levels. Some questions may be the same but most must be different from level to level.

 

Some will argue that you can ask the same questions but interpret them differently depending on the leadership level. However, the problem is not the interpretation of the results. The problem is that all the respondents are left to interpret the subtle differences themselves. This will simply not provide sufficient validity and reliability.

 

In order to secure a high level of reliability and validity, we must secure that the questions in the survey are strictly related to only the leader's critical success parameters, and all questions are behavioral oriented and relate to behavior that can be observed.

 

The Leadership Performance Index® survey has a set of questions that are unique for each leadership level. Each set of questions consists of thirty questions divided into the five key themes for the leadership level in question. Each question is carefully developed in order to capture the uniqueness of the leadership level in question.

 

Over the past seven years more than 5,000 leaders have been assessed in the system and we have captured responses from more than 25,000 respondents.

 

The validity of the questions is tested on an ongoing basis in connection with our Leadership Transition Programs® . The validation base includes more than 1,500 leaders per year across different cultures.