Life Styles Inventory

Research and development by Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D. and J. Clayton Lafferty, Ph.D.

Before (and beyond) Emotional Intelligence: The Life Styles Inventory (LSI) has helped millions of people understand and change their thinking and behavioral styles to increase their effectiveness. As one of the first self-development assessments based on a circumplex and provide 360 degree feedback, the LSI has been referenced in numerous books, blog posts, journals and newspapers, including the Journal of Applied Psychology and The Wall Street Journal.

LSI feedback assessment 

The benefits

Designed for managers, leaders, students, and those in professional and technical roles, the LSI empowers people to actualize their potential and contribute to the success of their organization. It’s particularly valuable for helping individuals:

  • discover new and/or different ways of thinking and behaving
  • increase effectiveness in their roles
  • reduce and cope better with stress and the effects of pressure and change
  • achieve self-set goals
  • think more creatively
  • improve interpersonal skills and relationships
  • increase their overall satisfaction and well-being

How it works

LSI feedback is based on two parallel inventories:

  1. LSI 1 (self description): Individual participants describe their thinking styles, personal effectiveness, and satisfaction at work and home.
  2. LSI 2 (description by others): Up to 12 peers, managers, and direct reports provide 360 degree feedback on each individual's behavioral styles and effectiveness.

The results and recommendations are then presented to each individual in a confidential, comprehensive report. The report includes feedback on 12 important thinking and behavioral styles as well as confirmed and unrecognized strengths, blind spots, and stumbling blocks.

Make the LSI part of your change journey

  • The LSI self-description and/or 360 degree feedback assessments are best facilitated by a coach or training specialist qualified to use the tools. An accredited and experienced Human Synergistics consultant can help your leaders and team members interpret the LSI results and create a plan for self-development. Contact us via the form below and we'll recommend a consultant who’s right for you and your organization.
  • You can ‘do it yourself’ by getting accredited in the LSI. This will ensure you have the information and skills to administer the LSI assessment, interpret the feedback, and design and implement improvement strategies. To get started, contact us below and/or register for an upcoming accreditation workshop.
  • If you’re personally interested in individual development around the LSI, check out Leadership Beyond Management, a one-week course at UW-Madison’s Center for Professional and Executive Development.

The LSI assessments are offered online as well as in paper format, and we look forward to assisting you!

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