CPI 260®

Deep and complex insights for leaders

The CPI 260 (California Psychological Inventory®) is a sophisticated personality assessment that provides deep and complex insights for use in executive recruitment and leadership development.

CPI 260: a vibrant portrait of how others see you

CPI260The CPI 260 personality assessment provides a distinctive view of people applying for or incumbent in leadership positions in organisations. Using a sophisticated technique to extract detailed insights about someone’s personality, it is able to summarise and explain how other people would see that person, and how others would judge their leadership style. In this way, it provides a unique view of leadership ability or potential that cannot be accessed by most other personality assessments.

CPI 260 – key features

  • Measures work-related characteristics, motivations and thinking styles using 26 individually researched trait measures
  • Gives feedback on how the individual measures up against 18 leadership competencies, showing which are their strengths and development areas
  • Looks at individual motivation and current level of satisfaction
  • Reports aimed at the qualified professional (Candidate Feedback Report) give full details of all the results
  • Reports aimed at the leader (Coaching Report for Leaders) give a comprehensive run-down of their performance against a series of competencies, written in the direct and accessible language of a respected peer

Revealing the less obvious aspects of personality

The CPI 260 instrument is exceptional in its refined approach to gathering information. Because of the way it is designed, it can deliver information about a person that is less obvious, or of which the respondent themselves may be unaware, ensuring that a recruiting manager or executive coach is able to really get to know their candidate or coachee. This approach also means that the tool is highly resistant to faking, as the questions are not obviously related to the qualities they measure.

Highly resonant for senior people

We know that people in senior leadership positions have often already experienced personality assessments, and may be sceptical about their usefulness. The CPI 260 is especially resonant for people at senior levels because it can highlight contrasts between a person’s own perception of themselves, and the views of others around them. Validated against a group of high-performing senior managers, the CPI 260 gets at what a leader’s peers are likely to think about their leadership style, and how the individual rates against specific competencies known to predict leadership success.

How do I buy the CPI 260 tool?

Access to the CPI 260 questionnaire and associated products is restricted to qualified CPI practitioners. You can train to use the CPI 260 tool on our CPI 260 Qualifying Programme or, if you hold a master's degree in psychology, you may be eligible for our psychologist access policy.



  • Talent identification and selection
  • Leadership development

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Popular Reports

CPI 260® Client Feedback Report

CPI 260® Client Feedback Report

This report provides the ideal starting point for CPI practitioners wishing to interpret a respondent’s scores from the CPI 260 questionnaire, with clear graphical representation of their results. Scores are shown on 26 personality scales grouped into five broad categories: dealing with others; self-management; motivations and thinking style; personal characteristics; and work-related measures. Qualified CPI 260 practitioners can use the report to aid their own interpretation of the results in preparation for a feedback session with the respondent.

CPI 260 Client Feedback Report

CPI® 260 Coaching Report for Leaders

CPI® 260 Coaching Report for Leaders

The CPI 260 Coaching Report for Leaders provides comprehensive information about a leader’s strengths and development needs in 18 leadership competencies, and provides advice on planning for the next steps. The report is fully narrative, with no scores, and can be given to the coachee to help them with their ongoing development. It is designed to help the respondent understand their preferences, attitudes and behaviours in key areas of management and leadership and, more specifically, in comparison with other successful individuals.

CPI 260 Coaching Report for Leaders