Leadership is one of the key elements in inspiring people towards the achievement of organisational and personal goals.

What does this tool measure?

The ILM72 is designed to provide an insight into the leadership Style of the individual.

In 2005 a major study of the main models in the Occupational and Academic worlds showed that all models seem to have their roots in six specific scales. These scales measure aspects of Leadership Style.

Research involving more than 1600 managers from 50 organisations confirmed that this was indeed a robust concept.

The six specific scales linked and integrated most leadership models. It is now possible to measure an individual’s adopted style against these scales.

Further analysis showed that a second order set of characteristics emerge. These are 3 Global Scales.


A good leader will unlock the potential of the organisation ……. with all the benefits that this brings for the organisation, the team and the individual.

Developing Individuals

The needs of organizations are always changing impacting on the optimum leadership style at any given time. The ILM72 enables you to:

  • Examine individual styles and match these to the needs of the organisation
  • Identify development needs & benefits – linking to the competency framework where possible
  • Provide a clear basis for defining effective leadership in any situation/organisation
  • Provide a framework for coaching, mentoring and personal development

Developing the Organisation

  • Match the leadership style with the needs of the organisation at different times and in different circumstances
  • Analyse the leadership profile of selected groups and assess against performance and/or behaviour

The six specific scales measure aspects of leadership style:

    1. Task v Person – Measures the extent to which the individual is orientated towards meeting the needs of the task or is concerned with the needs of individuals.
    2. Flexible v Dogmatic – Measures the extent to which the leader prefers to involve others in analysis and decision making in the organisation.
    3. De-Centralised v Centralised – Describes the extent to which a leader feels they are central to the operation and to what extent they will empower others to exercise authority.
    4. Reward v Punishment – This measures the extent to which the leader believes that people are motivated by reward or by punishment.
    5. The Means v The End – Measures how important hitting goals and targets are to the person – and what they will sacrifice to get there.
    6. Structured v Organic – Measures the extent to which structure, planning and personal organisation are important to the person and to what extent they will rely upon their intuition and instinct.

Global Scales

The Three global scales suggest that these are the 3 most important factors which determine effective leadership. The ILM72 provides an indication of an individual’s score on each of these 3 scales.

      1. Determination to Deliver – This measures single minded determination to achieve. Most satisfaction, the leaders and the followers, is derived from this.
      2. Cohesion – This measures the leader’s focus on the confidence and commitment of individuals to enable them to contribute to the organisation and to fulfil themselves.
      3. Team Working – Measures the leaders focus on harnessing all the potential in an organisation so that problem solving and decision making can occur in the most effective way.


      • The World’s first integrated measure of Leadership Style
      • Relates to all major Leadership models (eg Adair [Action Centred] & Covey [7 habits])
      • Efficient ‘online’ format – takes less than 15 minutes to complete
      • Uses everyday language – accessible to all
      • Reliable
      • Developed under the expert guidance of Dr Peter Clough, Head of Psychology, Hull University