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 effectiveness. As one of the first self-development assessments to feature a circumplex and provide a 360-feedback component, the LSI has been referenced in numerous books, journals, and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal.

LSI self assessment and peer feedback

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
  • solve problems and think more creatively
  • improve interpersonal skills and relationships
  • increase their overall satisfaction and well-being

How it works

The LSI is comprised of two components:

  1. LSI 1 (self-description assessment): Individuals describe their thinking styles, personal effectiveness, and satisfaction at work and home.
  2. LSI 2 (360-feedback assessment): Up to 12 peers, managers, and direct reports provide the individuals with feedback on their behavior 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-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. Simply contact us to find a consultant who’s right for you and your organization.
  • You can ‘do it yourself’ by getting accredited in 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, 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 Education and Development.

The LSI assessments are offered online as well as in paper format. To learn more about the LSI 1, LSI 2, or any of our 360-feedback assessments, contact uswe look forward to assisting you!

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