Selection Tool - Real World Group

Select outstanding leaders

Performance Leader Identifier

To thrive in the new world of work, selecting & promoting leaders based on the right behaviours is critical.

How a leader behaves is just as important as the competencies, skills and experience they bring. Day-to-day behaviour is what maximises performance in a sustainable way – especially in uncertain and highly pressurised times.

The Performance Leader Identifier (PLI) is an evidence-based tool designed for senior and Executive level recruitment and promotion. It is very different to traditional selection tools, assessing proven behaviours, not personality.

“…[Personality tests] account for approximately 5% of an employee’s job success while the other 95% of their performance is unaccounted for by personality.”

Beau Baez, H. (2013) Personality Tests in Employment Selection: Use With Caution, Cornell HR Review

Using the Performance Leader Identifier to enhance your senior and Executive selection and promotion will help you explore whether the individual leads in ways that has the following impacts:

We used the PLI to support the recruitment of our Chief Executive position. The selection panel found the feedback report insightful, and brought additional depth to their discussions with the candidates.

 We will be using the PLI as our preferred profiling tool to support future Executive selection processes.

Hilary Brearley

Director of Workforce & OD, Acute NHS Foundation Trust

Key benefits of the PLI for selection or promotion:


Assesses behaviour, not personality


Full range model: from emotional intelligence to strategic focus


Designed for senior & Executive leaders


Easy to interpret report


Interview questions included


Evidence-based leadership model

Reduces bias in selection & promotion

Based on an inclusive leadership model, research shows the PLI dimensions reduce bias & create a fairer process for diverse candidates

Update your approach with behaviour, not personality

Well-researched, contemporary personality tools are great for getting underneath a candidate’s preferences and aptitude for a role.

However, they do not assess the other critical part of leadership – releasing the potential of the leader’s teams and maximising organisational performance beyond themselves as an individual.

The Performance Leader Identifier provides you with an effective and refreshingly different approach, assessing behaviours rather than personality traits.

Its foundation is Real World Group’s uniquely proven Engaging Transformational Leadership model.

Clearly presented candidate profile

The Performance Leader Identifier provides you with an easy to interpret profile for the individual.

This shows which leadership behaviours they enact most and less often, which have been normed against a large comparison group.

Ensuring leader openness

The Performance Leader Identifier uses ipsative (or “forced-choice”) questions. Given that all of the statements describe positive leadership behaviours, candidates have to be honest in their self-assessment as it is not possible to “skew” the results in a way that creates a more favourable impression than is accurate.

We also provide you with suggested interview questions which enable you to understand their leadership approach more fully, and the ways in which they enact their leadership in practice.

Maximum value for both you and your candidates

The Performance Leader Identifier generates two separate reports, included at one price.

Both provide you and your candidates with:


  • A clear summary of their leadership profile
  • Guidance on the likely impact of their behaviour on the organisation and your people
  • Advice on how they could enhance their leadership in future

Simple, no-cost accreditation

Becoming accredited to use the Performance Leader Identifier is simple. As it assesses behaviour rather than personality, and the findings are fully interpreted for you, Level A and B qualifications are not necessary.

Accreditation is free and conducted online. It can be undertaken at a time and place of your choice.

Using the PLI as a coaching tool for current leaders

The Performance Leader Identifier is designed so that it can also be used as a self-assessment tool to develop leaders already in your organisation.

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