ACUMEN® Leadership WorkStyles™ (LWS)

Research and Development by: The Acumen Development Team on the basis of research by Peter D. Gratzinger, Ph.D. and Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D.LWS Leadership WorkStyles

Help your executives, managers, and leaders develop and grow to realise their full potential. 

Building on the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI), Leadership WorkStyles helps self-motivated leaders strengthen thinking and behavioural styles that promote their effectiveness and moderate styles that prevent them from realising their potential. LWS is a multi-rater development assessment tool that measures the thinking and behavioural styles that impact a manager’s ability to lead. This tool provides leaders with highly personalised feedback on how their ways of acting and reacting to people and situations shape their effectiveness. 

LWS offers leaders a personal styles assessment with feedback from self and others. Survey results are analysed to develop standardised scores for leaders along the 12 Circumplex styles. A profile based on self-reports and descriptions by others is generated to graphically illustrate the leader’s behaviour along such styles as Self-Actualisation, Approval, and Competition. The leader’s profile is then analysed in terms of six clusters or sets of styles. Drawing from a large database of information on leaders’ behaviour, a detailed feedback report is generated that describes the relative effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the leader’s patterns of behaviour using Circumplexes, a spread of opinion profile, and interpretations of self and others’ perceptions.


  • Shows leaders how their styles combine to shape their leadership performance
  • Develops an individual profile based on the leader’s primary, secondary, and in some cases, tertiary clusters, providing feedback based on his/her particular combination of styles
  • Relates styles to indicators or individual effectiveness, including quality of interpersonal relationships, managerial performance, openness to feedback, stress, salary, and organisational-level
  • Part of the Integrated Diagnostic System, which uses the Human Synergistics International Circumplex to link individual, manager, leader, team, and organisation behaviours


LWS requires accreditation from Human Synergistcs before materials can be purchased. Contact us for information on product pricing and/or consulting and coaching services. (Online ordering is not available.)