New Assessment Tool Drives Team Building and Leadership Skills

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The Klein Group Instrument® for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams (KGI™) measures a range of behaviors key to improving leadership and teamwork skills in small groups. New features of the KGI management tool allow team leaders, executive coaches, and consultants to comprehensively coordinate the online experience for clients or colleagues. This innovative management tool is published by the Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT), Inc.

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The KGI assessment provides a very detailed picture of task and people skills in a team setting, culminating in a group action plan that is designed to address the unique dynamics of that particular team."

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Enabling every member of a group to come together as a cohesive team just got easier with the release of the latest version of the Klein Group Instrument® for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams (KGI™). Developed, refined and validated over years of research and practice by group behavioral expert Dr. Robert R. Klein., the KGI™ assessment provides a unique "state of the team" that everyone can use to improve performance.

KGI results provide definitive road maps for improving leadership and participation skills for everyone involved in the work of a specific team, whether as a team member, the leader of the group, or a company manager. The uniquely personalized reports provide feedback related to how team members organize and complete work, handle people-focused issues, negotiate positions when conflict arises, and lead the group with their particular style.

Delivering the KGI system to clients and colleagues just got easier with the release of a new facilitators' interface. Consultants, group leaders, and project managers can now fully manage the KGI experience, for both teams and individuals, by controlling the timing and delivery of the assessment and its completely individualized results.

"This is a unique multi-dimensional instrument," notes Dr. Klein, who has studied group behaviors and consulted on best practice since his doctoral dissertation at Harvard over 30 years ago. "It not only recognizes different styles of leadership, but conditions under which different leaders may emerge. We've had exceptional success turning challenged teams around, making good teams even better, and in working with individuals to hone their effectiveness as a team member."

Taking the KGI can be done as an individual (KGI for You) or as a team-based activity (KGI for Teams). In either case, the KGI gives clear direction for elevating career skills and team performance by exploring people's patterns of group behavior along four critical scales - Leadership, Negotiation Orientation, Task Focus, and Interpersonal Focus.

The KGI is easily administered and completed online. Results are delivered in the form of a KGI Individual Profile, which provides feedback on the four main scales and nine subscales, along with suggestions for improvement in key areas. When multiple team members participate, each receives his or her personal report plus a KGI Group Profile, which graphs and discusses composite group skills, culminating in a group action plan that is designed to address the unique dynamics of that particular team.

A well-validated, self-report questionnaire, the KGI works well as a stand-alone assessment or may be used with the well-known Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality assessment. The KGI's publisher, CAPT, was founded by Isabel Myers, creator of the MBTI® instrument, and has long standing expertise with the development of psychological assessment instruments.

"You can think of MBTI results as indicating 'how' a person operates, and KGI results as a measure of 'what' they like to do when part of a group endeavor," notes CAPT CEO Betsy Styron. "Together you get a very detailed picture of task and people skills in a team setting and a blueprint for both strategy and execution."

For more information about the Klein Group Instrument for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams, visit http://www.capt.org or call CAPT at 800.777.2278 or 352-375-0160.

About CAPT. CAPT is a not-for-profit organization founded by Isabel Myers and Mary McCaulley in 1975, offering training, educational materials (books, tapes, exercises), and cultural, group, and Jungian assessment tools to consultants, trainers, counselors and individuals for self-growth, career development, and improved relationships.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Myers-Briggs, and MBTI are trademarks or registered trademarks of the MBTI Trust, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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