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California Psychological Inventory:
For Your Leadership and Executive Coaching Initiatives

For professionals in talent management, certification in the CPI 260® assessment equips them to gain insight into individuals’ interpersonal style, values, and motivation—as well as into strengths and blind spots in their leadership approach. The CPI 260 assessment is designed to describe individuals objectively, as others would describe them. Whether you’re working as an executive coach, a people development professional, or a team builder, this assessment enables you to identify leaders, nurture their growth, and promote success in the organizations they lead.


    • The CPI 260® instrument provides a comprehensive view of an individual forming a strong basis for in-depth coaching discussions. We have seen many people benefit from self-reflection of their leadership strengths, as well as areas to develop further. The CPI 260® helps us to create an environment where coaching conversations can be focused on self-reflection and personal growth.

      Jayne Cobham, Organisational Psychologist, Positive Performance Limited, Auckland, New Zealand


    Two forms of the instrument are available - the CPI 260® and the CPI 434 - each geared toward a different professional usage. The CPI instruments are trusted and powerful tools for use in leadership development and selection. By describing individuals as others see them, and through the generation of highly intuitive reports, they can help your clients gain a clearer picture of their personal and work-related characteristics, motivations and thinking styles - as well as how they manage themselves and deal with others.


    Why become CPI 260® certified?

    The CPI 260® Certification Program will enable you to:

    • Help individuals and organizations identify strengths and management development opportunities.
    • Increase leaders’ self-awareness and help them adjust their behaviors for maximum effectiveness.
    • Provide executive coaching to empower leaders to reach their full potential through a structured, consultative approach.
    • Develop succession planning by building leaders at all levels to strengthen your organization.
    • Improve an organization's talent management, selection, and retention - by finding the right people and keeping them engaged through a fulfilling career path.


    What will you learn?

    • Ways to enable individuals to capitalize on their strengths, target areas for development, and take action to become effective and successful leaders.
    • How to measure responses on the CPI 260 assessment’s 29 scales and compare them to empirical data on 5,600 managers and executives collected by the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL®).
    • Tools to provide results on 18 different leadership characteristics in five core performance areas: Self-management, Team building and teamwork, Organizational capabilities, Problem solving, Sustaining organizational vision.
    • Practical, real-world insights to apply in executive coaching, occupational development, and other business and organizational contexts.
    • How to interpret and use the CPI 260® Client Feedback Report and the CPI 260® Coaching Report for Leaders as developmental plans and coaching aids.


    Explore the Model

    Please take a moment to explore the 4 lifestyles of the CPI model. Hover over the graphics below for descriptions of the four lifestyles.

Certification in the CPI Instrument

The CPI instrument is what we call ‘Restricted’ and you need to be trained and certified to access and use it. This ensures that the instrument is used for the purpose for which it was designed and that it is being administered and interpreted correctly.

We offer a CPI™ Certification Program that will qualify you in the professional and ethical administration of the CPI instrument and upon successful completion of the program, you will gain a certificate of qualification to purchase and use both the instrument and its reports.

Public CPI Certification Programs are currently available in Melbourne, Sydney and other locations in the Asia Pacific region upon request .

If you would like to discuss an in-house Certification Program for your organisation, please contact us .


Instrument Features

  • Short, easy-to-use form of the acclaimed CPI instrument (requires 40 percent less time to complete)
  • Results on 29 CPI scales: 20 folk scales, 3 structural scales and 6 special-purpose scales
  • Results on a range of personal scales including: interpersonal aspects, internal values and normative expectations, achievement needs and cognitive tendencies and stylistic preferences
  • Defined personality model underlying the instrument via structural scales
  • Additional scoring via special-purpose scales and discrimination for specific applications



  • Leadership Development: Help individuals and organisations identify leadership strengths and development opportunities
  • Executive Coaching: Empower leaders to reach their full potential through a structured, consultative approach
  • Performance Improvement: Increase leaders’ self-awareness and help them adjust their behaviours for maximum effectiveness
  • Succession Planning: Strengthen organisations by building leaders at all levels
  • Selection and Talent Retention: Find the right talent and keep them engaged through a fulfilling career path


Please note that translations are available for selected CPI products in the following languages:

Danish, French, French (Canadian)

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