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Empowering Leaders with the Predictive Index

By: Mary Clarizio McGuinness

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In today’s fast-paced business world, organizations are constantly seeking tools and strategies to enhance their leadership effectiveness. One such tool that has gained significant attention is the Predictive Index® (PI). However, despite its potential benefits, some leaders hesitate to embrace the power of PI. In this article, you will explore some reasons behind leaders’ hesitations and discuss how HR leaders can help overcome these challenges. You will delve into the concerns and fears that hold leaders back and get actionable insights to encourage their engagement with PI.

Why Leaders Hesitate to Use the Predictive Index

There are several reasons why leaders may hesitate to incorporate PI into their leadership practices. One common challenge is a lack of exposure and understanding. Leaders who have not personally experienced PI training may view it as solely an HR responsibility, rather than an integral part of their own leadership journey. They might believe they lack the time or the need to engage with PI, as they are already occupied with leading their teams. Consequently, they fail to recognize the transformative capability PI can bring to their leadership style.

Another key factor that deters leaders from embracing PI is the fear of reputation risk. Since HR leaders often lack the authority to mandate PI training for executives, they rely on obtaining approval from other leaders, such as the COO or other top-level executives. This power dynamic can make HR leaders hesitant to assert the importance of leader training, as their own reputation might be on the line. However, it is crucial for HR leaders to advocate for the involvement of leaders in PI to drive its successful implementation and maximize its benefits across the organization.

Help your leaders understand that the Predictive Index tools are a both a leadership and team assessment to pave the way for better relationships and accelerated performance.

First, Train Your Leaders

To illustrate the significance of leader training, we can examine the success stories of organizations like Cru, an international non-profit, and University of Phoenix. These organizations recognized the value of training leaders from the outset, leading to their remarkable achievements such as revenue growth, increased retention, stronger leaders, and greater team alignment. Conversely, organizations that only send a handful of individuals or piecemeal the training fail to grasp the true potential of PI. The lack of leader buy-in and understanding hampers the expansion and effectiveness of PI within the organization. 

Leaders who are not trained in PI perceive it solely as a hiring tool, leading to a stagnation of growth and progress. They fail to see the broader applications of PI, such as impacting individual performance, succession planning, objective discussions, and driving effective team dynamics. The absence of training restricts leaders from experiencing the full impact of PI as a sustainable tool for enhancing their leadership capabilities. Instead, embrace training with in-person workshops or virtual talent optimization sessions to increase understanding and discover accelerated performance.

Overcoming Hesitations and Fostering Leader Buy-in

To overcome these hesitations, HR leaders must proactively address the concerns of their executives. It is crucial to dispel the myths surrounding “good” and “bad” profiles associated with PI (hint: no profile is good or bad, rather, it’s all about self-awareness and getting the right job fit for an individual). Hesitant leaders often associate these false labels with hiring decisions, leading to doubts about their own profiles and potential shortcomings. HR leaders can play a pivotal role in educating leaders about how to interpret and apply PI data, emphasizing its relevance to leadership development and effectiveness, rather than solely for hiring decisions.

Clear and consistent communication is vital in bridging the gap between using PI just for hiring and using it for leadership. HR leaders should promote open discussions about individual strengths, development areas, and career mapping. By encouraging honest conversations, organizations can create an environment where employees feel empowered to explore growth opportunities and make necessary changes to enhance their effectiveness in their current roles.

However, it is essential to acknowledge that achieving such a dynamic culture is challenging for many organizations. In reality, many organizations struggle to fully embrace the principles of PI. In such cases, ongoing messaging and reinforcement of the core ideas become paramount. Leaders need to understand that it is not about having a “good” or “bad” fit but about their willingness to make the necessary changes to be effective and fulfilled in their roles. Organizations should foster a culture that encourages employees to explore other roles within the company if their current position is not the best fit.

In Summary

The Predictive Index holds immense potential for transforming leadership practices and driving organizational success. However, leaders’ hesitations and misconceptions can hinder the widespread adoption and utilization of this powerful tool. HR leaders and other PI stakeholders must take proactive measures to address these concerns, dispel myths, and promote the benefits of PI training for leaders. By fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of PI, organizations can unlock the true potential of their leaders, enhance team dynamics, and achieve long-term success.

Your Next Step

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Mary Clarizio McGuinness

Excels in workforce analytics, inspired by her math background. Passionate about client success, she's a pickleball addict, salad connoisseur, and DIY enthusiast, thriving on faith, family, and fitness.