Executive Presence Assessment - ExPI™

The Bates ExPI™ (Bates Executive Presence Index™) is the first and only research-based, scientifically validated assessment to measure executive presence.

The multi-rater tool is used to help leaders develop the presence and influence necessary for leading teams, driving strategy, and making an impact. Organizations use the Bates ExPI™ to develop future leaders, build the influence of seasoned leaders, and ensure teams are driving organizational performance.


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"The Science of Executive Presence and Influence"

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Executive presence has long been acknowledged as a critical factor in leadership. However, its definition has often been mysterious and subject to diverse perspectives. As a result, leaders have received feedback on presence without a roadmap for action that connects clearly to business objectives. The default assumption is to equate presence with appearance and presentation skills. While these factors are important, they make up only a small piece of the "executive presence puzzle" that helps leaders sustain goal-directed action in an organization. 

The Bates Executive Presence Index™ takes executive presence to a deeper level. Through extensive research in leadership, communications, psychology, and social action theories and literature, we've clarified executive presence as a three-dimensional model of character, substance, and style. Within these dimensions are 15 distinct facets that are proven to make up a leader's overall presence and level of influence.


“The ExPI allowed me to look at executive presence in a more scientific and objective way. It helped to clarify that EP isn't just about your image and brand; it's about how you become more authentic and how you interact with people in a more genuine kind of way.”
— Tim Hebert, CEO of Atrion

How does the Bates ExPI™ Assessment work?

The Bates ExPI™ multi-rater assessment tool measures perceptions of the leader’s strengths and development areas within these 15 unique facets. Perceptions of critical stakeholder groups are compared with the leader’s self-perceptions in order to identify strengths and gaps.

The assessment is administered via an online questionnaire. The questionnaire is completed by the individual leader (self-rating), their manager, peers, direct reports, and other groups of critical stakeholders. The assessment contains 90 items and 3 open-ended questions.

Participants receive a comprehensive feedback report with data on ratings broken down by rater category and at the item-level. All participants receive professional support to review, interpret, and apply feedback reports. Individualized and group-based approaches to feedback are available based upon the indicated needs of sponsoring companies and individual participants.

The team feedback report is delivered in a briefing where we interpret the findings with the team, facilitate discussion about the impact, and determine changes the team wants and needs to make to achieve great outcomes.


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