Formula 4 Leadership

Leadership Judgement Indicator (LJI)

The Leadership Judgement Indicator (LJI) is a unique scenario-based online instrument.   It measures the level of wisdom that respondents use in decision-making when they are in positions of influence and need to get the right things done with and through other people.  It is used extensively in recruitment, assessment and development.

The LJI was published in 2005 by Hogrefe, one of the largest publishers of psychometric instruments in Europe.  Over 10000 people have completed the LJI and it has been launched in France and Bulgaria.  It is currently being translated for use in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil and Russia.  It is also distributed in the USA, where its use has been growing and it is due to be available on the Pan web-based testing platform in the first quarter of 2011. 

Leadership Judgement

Effective leadership judgement goes beyond behavioural style or intellectual ability.  It relates to a leader’s wisdom in getting the right things done with and through other people.   It involves:

  • the capacity to understand how best to adapt personal style to the nature of the task and the characteristics of the people involved; and
  • the preparedness to adopt the most appropriate style for the situation, especially when that style is not the most natural or preferred way of behaving.

It is a critical factor for success in private and public sector enterprises and other settings – wherever leadership is required.

How does it work?

The LJI is a psychometric assessment tool composed from 16 different scenarios.  It requires the respondent to rate the appropriateness of various courses of action.  The advantage of this measurement approach is that the respondent is being asked to demonstrate their level of leadership wisdom.   There are a range of different reports generated from the LJI – example reports – and it is designed to form the basis of a personal leadership development plan.

What do people say about it?

“It was refreshing to find an approach that had a high level of credibility for managers with a scientific background and long-standing industrial experience … I would have no hesitation in recommending the LJI approach to anyone wanting to improve their decision-making and personal effectiveness as a manager or leader within any organisation”.  Group Manager - Pharmaceuticals

 “A particular plus of the LJI approach is that we are getting early indicators of its usefulness in international settings…a powerful addition to the suite of instruments we use in development ...leadership judgement goes beyond just broad style preferences unlike many other leadership instruments.”  Head of People Development  - Chemicals industry

“I am keen to use it in seeking deeper insights into key management members of fledgling business propositions that come before me”.  Venture Capitalist

“What I like about the LJI approach is the variety of attributes it offers that I am looking for, in addition to the technical psychometric requirements of reliability, validity and fairness”.  Chartered Occupational Psychologist


To find out LJI Accreditation Training or about other ways in which it could improve your business, contact Bob Wheeler on +44 (0) 115 9603425 or Michael Lock on +44 (0) 115 9734888.