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.

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

Building on the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI), Leadership WorkStyles helps self-motivated leaders strengthen thinking and behavioral styles that promote their effectiveness and moderate styles that prevent them from realizing their potential. LWS is a multi-rater development assessment tool that measures the thinking and behavioral styles that impact a manager’s ability to lead. This tool provides leaders with highly personalized 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 analyzed to develop standardized 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 behavior along such styles as Self-Actualization, Approval, and Competition. The leader’s profile is then analyzed in terms of six clusters or sets of styles. Drawing from a large database of information on leaders’ behavior, a detailed feedback report is generated that describes the relative effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the leader’s patterns of behavior 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 organizational level
  • Part of the Integrated Diagnostic System, which uses the Human Synergistics International Circumplex to link individual, manager, leader, team, and organization behaviors


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LWS requires accreditation from Human Synergistics before materials can be purchased. Click here for more information about accreditation with the WorkStyles Workshop.

The WorkStyles Accreditation Program is pre-approved for HRCI recertification credit hours.


The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.