High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI)

Gain comprehensive insight into a person’s personality traits and how suited they are to a given role or position.

  • Retain your future stars by developing them into senior roles
  • Boost teamwork amongst leaders
  • Create and support leadership development plans
  • Inform succession planning
  • Boost employee engagement by creating strong leadership
  • Add certainty to graduate recruitment

How it works

Develop your employees’ strengths to ensure they reach their full potential in a role that’s right for them.

Simple Assessment

The HPTI is a simple assessment but by completing it, you will gain a comprehensive report into an individuals potential.

Detailed Reports

Use the HPTI to understand how different personalities interact with a particular function or role. Use this knowledge to develop their strengths and identify areas for improvement.

No Good or Bad Scores

We tend to interpret high scores on tests as ‘good’ and low scores as ‘bad’ is not true for the HPTI. The key point is that every set of scores indicates a preferred leadership style: just because you scored outside the optimum band does not mean you cannot lead.

Assessment Information

Assessment type: Leadership

Format: 78 questions

Availability: 25+ languages

Time to complete: 8 minutes

Training required: HPTI Accreditation

Validation: The HPTI has been extensively validated and optimised for workplace applications following psychometric research with thousands of participants with the acquired data being subject to advanced statistical methods.

Background & Theory

The High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) was developed by Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham in 2006.

It has been designed based on an ‘optimality’ model, which assumes that personality traits can be considered ‘optimal’ based on the requirements of a particular job role or position, such as senior executive leadership.

The HPTI measures Conscientiousness, Adjustment, Curiosity, Risk Approach, Ambiguity, Acceptance and Competitiveness.

A person’s responses are reflected back as a position on a continuum for each of the 6 traits, consisting of Low, Moderate, Optimal or Excessive. Too much or too little of a trait will have advantages as well as disadvantages. Certain trait levels can indicate a high potential to succeed, or potentially indicate characteristics that could de-rail an otherwise successful person.

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Format

The Thomas HPTI is a self-report questionnaire. Individuals indicate their level of agreement on a 1-7 Likert scale (1 ‘disagree completely’ to 7 ‘agree completely') with 78 unique items. The HPTI takes just 8 minutes to complete.

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Reliability & Validity

The HPTI has been developed over many years in collaboration with experts, professionals and practitioners through research programmes and in collaboration with researchers at University College London and High Potential Psychology Ltd.

The HPTI has been extensively validated and optimised for workplace applications following psychometric research with thousands of participants with the acquired data being subject to advanced statistical methods.

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