INSIGHT Executive

INSIGHT Executive

INSIGHT Executive – Decision-Making Skills and Executive Mindset measures leadership attributes and decision skills at the highest corporate/organizational levels including C-Suite executives, upper management, division heads, senior officers, directors, and vice presidents. Because at their core the thinking skills, and the drive, decisiveness and other attributes of excellent leadership apply in all organizations, INSIGHT Executive is the instrument of choice for evaluating leadership candidates. It is used by organizations, executive recruiters, HR departments, and consultants for applicant and candidate screening, and for talent development and C-Suite team-focused professional development purposes.


Population: INSIGHT Executive is calibrated for C-Suite executives, upper management, division heads, senior officers, directors, and vice presidents.

Administration: Administer at any time, in any location with our user-friendly, encrypted, online, multi-lingual interface.

Support Materials: INSIGHT User Manual: Includes all needed information for the administration and interpretation of individual and group scores. A separate INSIGHT Executive Debrief Document, which client may elect to provide to the persons who are assessed, is available at no additional charge.

Specs: Max 90 minutes timed administration.

  • 30 minutes allotted for 95 Likert-style Agree/Disagree items – executive mindset attribute belief, value, and expectation statements.
  • 60 minutes allotted for 39 engaging, executive leadership scenario-based reasoning skill evaluation questions.

Deliverables: Individual score reports of all metrics for each person assessed. Optional group graphics with statistical summary of scores; Excel spreadsheet of responses to all custom demographic questions, and all scores for each person assessed.

Results Reported (Actionable Metrics):

  • Ten Leadership Mindset Attributes. The successful executive is:
  1. Driven – Vigorous pursuit of professional excellence to achieve the vision of an organization
  2. Discerning – The courage to ask tough questions and to follow reasons and evidence
  3. Honorable – commitment to trustworthiness and honesty in communication and behavior
  4. Foresightful – Alert to potential difficulties and strives to foresee consequences
  5. Judicious – Maturity, timeliness, and thoughtfulness in decision making
  6. Incisive – Willingness to make those strategic decisions that are tough but necessary
  7. Tolerant — Respects diversity in the workplace, including for different opinions and perspectives
  8. Innovative – Appetite for innovation, resilience, views change as opportunity
  9. Motivational — Communicates enthusiasm for the work and inspires others to give their best
  10. Professional – Focused on fulfilling responsibilities, collaboration, and positive leadership
  • Five Essential Executive Decision-Making Skills, and an OVERALL rating:
  1. Critical Elements – Determining which factors affect a decision’s outcome
  2. Logical Consequences – drawing logical inferences in precisely defined and tightly structured contexts
  3. Assessing Options – evaluating options accurately and establishing priorities
  4. Quantitative Analysis – Reasoning well with in contexts involving quantitative and numerical information
  5. Risk and Uncertainty – Drawing well warranted inferences in ambiguous and probabilistic contexts
  • OVERALL Decision Skills – the integration of thinking and reasoning skills needed to address strategic leadership decision-making at the top levels of an organization.


  • Each executive mindset attribute is scored on a 40-point scale divided into three qualitative categories (Not Manifested, Positive, Strong Positive).
  • Each executive decision-making reasoning skill metric is scored on a 400-point scale with corresponding qualitative ratings (Not Manifested, Moderate, Strong, and Superior).

Optional Custom Questions: At no additional cost clients can add up to ten client-specific custom descriptive survey questions to the assessment profile to enable sub-group reports.

Currently Available Languages: English

Licenses to Administer: Sold globally exclusively by Insight Assessment to business, governmental, military, healthcare, agency, and organizational clients; competitive grant-funded project directors; qualified researchers and doctoral dissertation scholars; and other for-profit and not-for-profit entities.

Comprehensive assessment services are available to our clients using any of the assessments in our INSIGHT series, including INSIGHT Executive, at no additional cost:

Starting with an initial consultation to learn about your project, our experienced assessment specialists support your project in multiple ways. 

  • Instrument selection: We help the client find the INSIGHT tool that best fits the organizational level and industry sector of the individuals to be assessed.
  • Administration strategies: Clients can keep test takers anonymous or use personal identifiers; sampling methods can measure an aggregated group profile without testing everyone.
  • Assessment logistics: We help clients assess job applicants onsite or remotely; for development projects, we help in gathering pre- or post- training aggregated assessment data.
  • Privacy Protection: We assist the client with privacy protection strategies, including, if needed, completely anonymous double-blind assessments.
  • Introducing client-specific custom questions: Clients can enable organizing, managing, and analyzing the assessment data that they plan to collect by introducing up to ten client-designed demographic profile questions. We assist clients with this process.
  • Login generation: We provide the client with as many single-use individual logins as requested so that test-takers can access our secure, encrypted, online assessment interface in a controlled manner.
  • Report generation: We manage the online report generation tool and produce, at the client’s request, group reports, aggregating and disaggregating data by their client-specific custom demographic questions. Individual reports can be sent automatically in real time.
  • 24/7/365 emergency technical support for our client testing administrators

We demonstrate how easy it is to administer assessments using our intuitive, browser-based, multilingual online testing system on almost any device: computer, tablet, or smartphone.

In addition to the full user manual included with each assessment instrument, preview packages enable future clients to experience the intended assessment tool in exactly the same way it will be used in their planned project. 

Executive Leadership Mindset Attributes                                              

  1. Driven: The driven leader is committed to the vigorous pursuit of professional excellence. Higher scores indicate a consuming internal demand to achieve the vision of an organization. A senior-level executive’s consistent internal drive to achieve excellence is vital to the success of the organization.
  2. Discerning: The discerning leader displays courage and objectivity in decision making. Higher scores indicate someone who tends to ask the tough questions, to follow reasons and evidence wherever they lead, and to give due consideration to competing points of view. The courage to be truth-seeking and objective when making difficult decisions is a defining hallmark of discerning leadership decision making.
  3. Honorable: Honorable individuals conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, ethics, and truthfulness. Higher scores indicate a commitment to trustworthiness and honesty in communication and behavior. Trustworthiness, honorable behavior, and personal integrity are very important for placement in leadership and high risk or unsupervised positions.
  4. Foresightful: The foresightful executive is alert to potential difficulties and strives to foresee consequences. Higher scores indicate someone who strives to anticipate potential difficulties and expects to use reasoning and fact finding to resolve difficulties. A concern to anticipate and be ready to respond reasonably to foreseeable problems is a hallmark of a senior-level professional.
  5. Judicious: The judicious executive displays maturity and thoughtfulness in decision making. Higher scores show awareness that some problems are ill-structured, that often there is more than one reasonable option, and that poor decisions should be dispassionately revisited. Judicious maturity of judgment is highly significant for senior leaders making judgments in contexts of risk and uncertainty.
  6. Incisive: An incisive leader can make those strategic decisions that are tough but necessary. Higher scores indicate someone who has the command presence to make the decisions necessary to achieve the organization’s mission. Incisiveness grows in importance as one’s leadership responsibilities increase.
  7. Tolerant: The tolerant executive respects diversity in the workplace, including showing due respect for different perspectives, opinions, and suggestions. Higher scores indicate respect for people independent of such factors as age, gender, and sexual orientation. Tolerance is valuable in all settings, but most important when functions require interaction with clients, customers, suppliers, colleagues, or coworkers from broadly diverse demographic backgrounds.
  8. Innovative: The innovative executive is a resilient agent of change. Higher scores on this scale indicate someone who has an appetite for innovation and sees change as an opportunity for growth. Innovation and adaptability at the senior leadership level are essential in fast-paced or fluid environments.
  9. Motivational: Motivational leaders communicate enthusiasm for the work at hand and inspire others to give their best. Higher scores indicate the consistent orientation toward getting the most out of team members and subordinates. Motivational leaders are valued for their capacity to inspire an entire organization and move it forward with enthusiasm and energy.
  10. Professional: This metric addresses the approach to social interactions in the workplace. Higher scores indicate the tendency to limit socializing to that which is necessary to get the job done and to take an appropriate and professional approach to social interactions at work. Professionalism is vital to maintaining a proper focus on work responsibilities, facilitating collaboration, and providing positive leadership.

Essential Executive Decision-Making Skills

  1. Critical Elements: A strongly skilled executive management-level decision maker can identify the critical factors which will affect the outcome of the decision. A superior or strong score on this scale indicates someone with excellent analytical and interpretive skills. The capacity to identify the critical elements in a problem solving or decision-making context enables the executive management level leader to determine the issues that must be addressed and the decision parameters that must be accounted for in both the deliberative and the implementation phases.
  2. Logical Consequences: Excellent senior-level managers and leaders have the skills necessary to anticipate outcomes and see logical consequences. A superior or strong score on this scale indicates excellent skills in drawing logical inferences in those precisely defined and tightly structured contexts where deductive reasoning plays a critical role. The senior manager who has strengths in this reasoning skill domain will be able to see the applications and the implications of regulations, policies, basic assumptions, core principles and protocols which both shape and constrain executive decision making.
  3. Assessing Options: The successful leader is capable of evaluating options accurately and establishing priorities. A superior or strong score on this scale indicates a decision maker with excellent reasoning skills in evaluation and explanation. The capacity to evaluate the quality of alternatives and to explain the reasons behind that evaluation are key pieces of strong executive level decision making.
  4. Quantitative Analysis: In today’s business environment a senior-level executive must be able to reason well in contexts involving numerical data. A superior or strong score on this scale indicates skill in applying analysis, interpretation, inference, and evaluation to decision contexts where critical numerical information is presented in charts, graphs, text, or tables. Rather than relying on someone else to explain what the numbers mean, the senior-level leader who has strengths in this decision-making reasoning skill domain will be capable of interpreting and evaluating vital information himself or herself.
  5. Risk and uncertainty: Strong reasoning skills are vital for executive and senior managers who must navigate risk and uncertainty to make sound business decisions. A superior or strong score on this scale indicates excellence in the core reasoning skill of drawing well warranted justified inferences in situations involving probabilistic inductive reasoning, comparative this-is-like-that reasoning, and empirical facts-up-to-theories reasoning. The senior manager with strengths in this reasoning skill domain will be able to see the most probable and best justified inferences to draw in contexts where the information given may be uncertain or ambiguous, or where the best inference is not a foregone conclusion.

OVERALL: The OVERALL Decision Skills metric on the INSIGHT Executive represents the integration of thinking and reasoning skills needed to address strategic leadership decision making at the top levels of an organization. (This is a holistic score which represents the result of the test-taker’s sustained effort at coming to reasoned judgments using the full set of more specific reasoning skills described in the other five metrics.)


The INSIGHT Executive Report Package includes an individual test-taker report for each person assessed and optional group summary reports for each group and sub-group in the sample.

Reports are generated immediately after the conclusion of testing, making real time assessment possible. Read more about how our customer support specialists work with clients to select their reporting options on our Services tab or Contact Us for a free consultation.

Individual Reports include:Insight Assessment individual reports

  • Each leadership mindset attribute is scored on a 40-point scale divided into three qualitative categories (Not Manifested, Positive, Strong Positive). 
  • Each executive decision-making skill metric is scored on a 400-point scale with corresponding qualitative ratings (Not Manifested, Moderate, Strong, and Superior).
  • The Individual Report can be pushed as PDF files to an email address of the client’s choosing (for example, to an HR department hiring officer, a senior manager, or to an external search firm or professional development consultant). 
  • The client controls whether individual reports are made available to the test-taker.
  • A short PDF assessment report debrief document to help in understanding scores – it can be distributed by the client to the people who were assessed.

Optional Group Analytics include:Images from Insight Assessment Group Reports

  • Excel spreadsheet files of all scores on all metrics. These also include the responses to optional custom demographic questions added by the client to the assessment profile.
  • Presentation-ready tables and graphic representations of the score distribution for all metrics.
  • Free upon request, our assessment support staff prepares and emails group analytical reports to clients using any of the INSIGHT series assessments.


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