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An Application Tool for the MBTI Instrument.


Assessment of Basic Leader Effectiveness®
Measure. Develop. Measure again.  

What is the ABLE?

The ABLE family of 360° assessments gives you all the tools you need to:  ABLE Family Logo

  • Accurately measure leadership effectiveness in your organization
  • Provide your leaders with meaningful feedback
  • Design training, coaching and other development opportunities that target specific leadership needs
  • Evaluate and track the Impact of development initiatives
  • Create a Training Needs Profile of your organization or department
  • Choose the right report for your leaders based on Role
The ABLE (Assessment of Basic Leader Effectiveness) is a customized 360° assessment that accurately measures how well a leader uses the nine core leader competencies (see below) that are essential for leaders at all levels. The ABLE measures competencies that can be learned and improved, rather than personality traits or ABLE Benfits Time Boxinnate talents. The leader, the leader’s boss, direct reports and/or peers can complete the ABLE online in as few as 10 minutes. Results are presented in clear, easy-to-read graphs with customized paragraphs that explain the meaning of the score and a Leader Effectiveness Action Plan (Action Plan) for future development.

ABLE results make it easy for you to establish a benchmark and design leader development initiatives, such as training and coaching, that focus on specific and immediate needs.

The ABLE is the first 360° assessment designed with a post-assessment (ABLE-P) that is specifically keyed to each question on the initial instrument—you can actually compare apples to apples! This enables you to evaluate the effectiveness of your development initiatives to establish meaningful Impact Data. The ABLE allows you to Measure, Develop and Measure again.


  • Raters can complete ABLE in 10 minutes
  • Predicts leadership success
  • Reliable test/re-test results
  • Developmental focus for Leader
  • Easy to administer
  • Easy-to-read graphs
  • Customized paragraphs that explain each graph
  • Post-assessment report available
  • Provides rater comments
  • Advice on feedback meetings
  • Business-centric report


  • Performance measurement
  • Individual/leadership development
  • Executive and general coaching
  • Organizational development
  • Designing training/coaching initiatives
  • Measuring training and coaching effectiveness
For more on Applications, click here.

How Does the ABLE Work?

The ABLE is easy to administer. The leader, leader’s boss, direct reports and peers complete 45 questions about their perceptions of the leader’s performance on nine core competencies. The results produce a comprehensive, 360° view of the leader’s effectiveness and form the basis of a Leader Effectiveness Action Plan for future development. Individual responses of direct reports and peers remain anonymous and are shown as averages only. Confidential feedback is provided to the leader in a non-threatening, easy-to-understand format using simple graphs and rich narratives.

What Does the ABLE Assess?

The ABLE measures the nine core leader competencies validated by years of research as the most critical competencies for high performing leaders at all levels. To see ABLE-S dimensions for employees who do not have direct reports, click here.


  • Impact of management practices on people
  • Creating a motivational culture
  • Creating motivated employees

Decision Making

  • Using techniques that lead to effective decisions
  • Using techniques that effectively solve problems
  • Leading problem solving teams

Stress Management

  • Identifying sources of stress in self and others
  • Using techniques to reduce stress and increase productivity
  • Implementing actions for reducing stress in self and others

Performance Counseling

  • Clarifying roles and expectations
  • Setting performance goals and metrics
  • Coaching and counseling employees

Goal Setting

  • Setting goals that link to company strategies
  • Knowing own and others’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Helping employees set work and career goals


  • Knowing what and when to delegate
  • Training employees to complete higher-level tasks successfully  
  • Demonstrating confidence in employees’ ability to complete the tasks


  • Using active listening techniques
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Removing barriers to communication

Team Development

  • Recognizing and using stages of team development
  • Maximizing team performance
  • Establishing plans for moving a team into the high performance zone

Conflict Resolution

  • Identifying positive and negative conflict
  • Using effective conflict resolution strategies
  • Reaching win-win agreements 

Report Features

The ABLE family of reports offers scientifically valid and robust results that include an ABLE-S for peers and an ABLE-P, our powerful post-development assessment. You choose which report is right for your organization!

ABLE reports provide the following easy-to-read features:

  • Bar graphs that allow the leader to comprehend the most important information in seconds
  • Computer-generated comments based on raters’ responses that help leaders understand their results more completely
  • Comments written by raters that can be given to the leader or used by the feedback specialist to guide feedback discussions
  • Narrative paragraphs explaining in detail what each bar (self, boss, etc.) of the graph indicates about the participant’s performance in the nine competencies
  • Leader Effectiveness Action Plans


  • Fast and easy for raters to use (10  minutes to complete questionnaire)
  • Easy-to-read graphs: self/boss, self/direct reports, self/peers
  • Composite graphs highlighting patterns and differences
  • Computer-generated, question-by-question comments that allow participants to drill deeply into their results
  • Open-ended rater comments (available to the feedback specialist) can be given to leaders or used by the feedback specialist to guide the feedback sessions
  • Detailed descriptive paragraphs that explain each graph
  • Leader Effectiveness Action Plan for development
  • ABLE-P (post-assessment) to measure results of Leader Effectiveness Action Plan
  • The ABLE can be normed to your company’s leaders

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Report Options

ABLE Summary Report (click here for sample report)
ABLE Narrative Report (click here for sample report)

Quick Facts

Age Range
18 years and older

Completion Time
10 minutes

Number of Items

Online HPS Portal for quick and easy administration, scoring and more.


  • General population
  • Age and gender specific
  • Industry specific (*can be normed for your company)

Qualification Level
B (North America Only)


Online administration is fast and easy to use, and support is available to all account managers. The online account can be customized with a client logo, providing a professional assessment management system for corporate accounts or independent consultants. The account manager can log in any time to set up assessments, monitor completion or process reports.


High Performing Systems offers online certification on the ABLE. These interactive, research-based classes prepare you to administer, interpret and give feedback on the entire ABLE family of assessments. For information on ABLE certification, click here.

Take the ABLE Now

  • Take the instrument.
  • Receive professional feedback.
  • Contact HPS at 706-769-5836 to get started.

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