Workplace Personality

Understanding a person's personality traits provides valuable insight into how they approach their work and whether their strengths may become their derailers.

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

How it works

The High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) is a workplace personality assessment grounded in the 'Big 5' model, assessing traits that predict job success and risk for derailment.

Background & Theory

The High Potential Traits Inventory (HPTI) was developed by Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham at University College London (UCL) and High Potential Psychology Ltd.

The Thomas HPTI has been designed based on an ‘optimality’ model; this model assumes that a person’s personality traits can be considered ‘optimal’ based on the requirements of a particular job role or position, such as senior executive leadership

The personality traits measured by the HPTI are as follows:

  • Conscientiousness

  • Adjustment

  • Curiosity

  • Risk Approach

  • Ambiguity Acceptance

  • Competitiveness

A person’s responses on the HPTI will be reflected back as a position on a continuum for each of the 6 traits, falling into one of four bandings: 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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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.

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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