The Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI) 360 Assessment
As leaders, it can be difficult to know how to measure our leadership gifts. Sure, we can take self-assessments but they don’t always give us a complete picture. At times, it can be like seeing through a glass darkly.
I remember an interesting scenario with my staff right after I took a popular self-test to identify my greatest leadership gifts. I was certain that I was clear about what my strengths and weaknesses were as a leader. I’m a visionary, a strategic thinker and an encourager because I love people.
In a meeting with my staff one day, one of my senior staff members piped in, “Tom, we really love the vision you cast for this organization. It keeps us motivated and excited, but that’s not enough. We really wish every now and then, you’d tell us if we are doing a good job. A little encouragement would be appreciated.”
What?! This was in direct violation of my self-assessment! Certainly, this staff member had no earthly idea what they were talking about. Then a few more chimed in confirming these words before I could ignore his comment and move on with my day. I had a blind spot that had to be addressed. We all do.
Although encouraging my staff was in my heart, it was not coming out in my actions. I thought my comments here and there about a job well done were enough. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The strength of the LPI 360 is that it gives you a holistic look at how you are doing in 5 key leadership practices. From Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 20 years of research, we know that the best leaders on the planet consistently:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable Others to Act
- Encourage the Heart
These practices are not about being a good or bad leader. They are all about the frequency of our behavior. So, if you want to be a better leader, then you should engage in these practices more often.
As Fine Points leadership coaches, we can help you strengthen your leadership competencies in each of these areas. The inevitable result is that you will identify and remove your blind spots, and become the great leader you long to be. It just takes a little time, personal reflection and some coaching.