Management Leadership Practices Inventory

Important Information About the MLPI

As the competitive environment becomes tougher and organizations strive to become leaner and more effective, management team development is being used to help meet the challenges. However, it can be difficult to achieve increased performance and professional growth unless managers have some baseline knowledge of their own skills and developmental needs. The Management-Leadership Practices Inventory (MLPI) is a statistically proven tool for assessing individual management and leadership skills. It is designed to measure how frequently a manager performs 85 key behaviors. These behaviors are grouped into factors in three categories:

Management Practices
Leadership Practices
Interpersonal Style

Management Practices
The MLPI measures behaviors involved in nine management practices. These basic practices are commonly recognized as essential to effective management and supervision in the workplace. They include:

  • Goal Setting — the manager's ability to clearly communicate individual and group goals.
  • Planning & Organizing — the manager's ability to organize and plan the work of the unit to ensure smooth functioning.
  • Technical Expertise — the general level of technical competence the manager demonstrates.
  • Performance Standards — whether the manager sets high, yet realistic, standards of performance and inspires people to do their best.
  • Coaching — whether the manager actively coaches employees, providing them with the skills relevant to good performance.
  • Evaluating Performance — the frequency and quality of feedback the manager gives to his/her employees.
  • Facilitating Change — how well the manager keeps people informed of changes that are occurring in the workplace.
  • Delegation — the level to which the manager permits individuals to take responsibility and direct their own activities.
  • Recognition — whether the manager rewards individuals for performance and, if so, whether rewards are given in a timely manner.

Leadership Practices
The MLPI measures eight leadership practices. These practices include behaviors that go beyond basic supervision; they involve getting a unit to work together effectively as a group. These eight factors and what they measure are:

  • Strategy — the extent to which the manager understands and communicates the long-term goals and future direction of the unit or organization.
  • Communication — the level of written, verbal, and listening skills demonstrated by the manager.
  • Teamwork — how well the manager promotes cooperation within the work group.
  • Empowering Employees — how well the manager helps to provide employees with the training, resources, and confidence to do their work.
  • Trust — the extent to which the manager promotes a climate of trust in the work group.
  • Resourcefulness — whether the manager knows how to get things done and can find the resources to accomplish goals.
  • Self Confidence — the manager's self-assurance and positive attitude.
  • Decisiveness — whether the manager tackles problems immediately and is willing to intervene in work problems.

Interpersonal Style
The MLPI measures behaviors related to three interpersonal style factors. These styles influence how a person implements management and leadership practices on a daily basis. They are:

  • Approachable — shows whether the manager is easy to talk to, friendly, and listens to the employees.
  • Directive — indicates whether the manager supervises employees closely and tries to exercise tight control over the worker's activities.
  • Participative — reflects the level of involvement and input the manager seeks from employees.

The MLPI has been used with over 50,000 managers and executives from organizations of all sizes and types. In participants’ reports, scores are shown in comparison to this Norm Group; this allows individual managers to compare their results with a national benchmark. The MLPI process is focused on helping individual managers discover their individual Strengths and Opportunities for Improvement, and then utilize that knowledge to improve their professional success. The MLPI is available in both Internet and paper-based formats.