High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI)


What is it?

The High Potential Trait Indicator is a new assessment tool designed to help identify employees with prospective leadership abilities and support those who are already in such positions. The HPTI measures and gauges individuals across 6 key areas, built on and developed from psychological studies into the Big 5 Personality traits, with the addition of competitiveness. HPTI has been specifically designed with the workplace in mind and discovering your next generation of leaders whilst supporting those already in those positions.

The Indicators


How focused is an individual's drive to achieve? Someone with high levels of conscientiousness may show very disciplined, goal directed behaviour and very strategic thinking. Conversely, low conscientiousness leaders may be brilliant in last minute situations, capable of adapting opportunities and making decisions even though they may not know what's going on. 


Everyone feels stress from a variety of sources and in a multitude of ways. Adjustment is how someone reacts to that stress, something with increasing importance in modern leadership positions. Those with high levels of adjustment very resilient to stress whilst those with low levels may be more affected be any difficulties they face.


Does the individual want to learn more and explore? Continual learning is helpful to understanding the emerging strategy of the business and the requirements of the leadership position. Without intellectual curiosity, it can be difficult to understand the company and thus develop a working strategy. High curiosity individuals like new methods and ideals, whilst low curiosity focus on tried and tested methods.

Risk Approach

How willing is an individual to confront and solve difficult situations? Leaders must have the courage to explain why the strategy is important even when facing opposition, standing by their values with fortitude. Those with high levels of risk approach are proactive in deal with problems whilst lower risk approach behaviours tend to be more reactive and instinctive.

Ambiguity Acceptance

This trait focuses on how we approach uncertainty and complexity. Those with high ambiguity acceptance seek out more information, whereas those who have lower scores display little tolerance towards unexpected changes or complex situations. Additionally, those with lower acceptance scores prefer clear-cut answers and stability, while higher ambiguity acceptance individuals thrive in multifaceted environments.


The right balance of competitiveness is essential. It can help to focus an organisation and help to channel desire into realistic objectives which will succeed. Highly competitive leaders want to be seen as the success of the organisation, whereas uncompetitive leaders have struggle focusing on strategic advantages and making the most of opportunities, adopting a more collaborative approach.


What can HPTI be used for?

Many workplaces are looking to identify their internal talent and build strong succession plans. With HPTI, organisations can assess the optimal mode for leadership within their organisation and pinpoint where an individual's leadership strengths are and where any areas for development might lie.

It also gives users a shared language, which can help to boost self-awareness and resolve skills gaps in leadership teams. By identifying those with strong leadership potential, the HPTI is able to add certainty for managers choosing individuals for leadership roles, as well as those who may thrive in a fast-track scheme.

But it's not just about finding new leaders: the HPTI also assists with employee retention by helping top individuals progress to more advanced leadership positions that will suit their strengths. By engaging with employee's, organisations show that they have an interest in investing in their development and understand the individual differences we see in approach to work.


Sample Report Click Here

In the sample report provided, you'll be able to see the information that individuals who complete the HPTI receive. During a feedback session, these findings are discussed with a HPTI trained facilitator to help the individual consider development goals and investigate areas where new experiences or knowledge can be gained.

The report outlines how an individual's measure up against the six HPTI traits, the implications that each trait will have upon their leadership, how to act upon the information given in the report and extra hints and tips that will help focus the development of their leadership style.

HPTI and Robin Lodge Associates

Robin Lodge Associates has added HPTI to its already diverse selection of diagnostic and development tools, continuing our strong relationship with Thomas International. As a certified provider, we are able to carry out the assessment and deliver feedback to the individuals of your organisation, whether it be an ILM programme prelude or a self-contained tune-up. Get in touch and see how we can help you to make the most of your organisations leadership potential.    

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