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Become a certified administrator of SIGMA’s Leadership Character Insight Assessment

For organizations embarking on a new leadership development journey or intending to refresh and enhance an existing program, the Leadership Character Insight Assessment (LCIA) can serve as a transformative tool for elevating leader character alongside leadership competencies. The LCIA Certification Program equips participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to fully utilize the assessment’s capabilities and make leader character a competitive advantage.

Over the course of the program, SIGMA’s expert consultants provide insights into the leader character framework and related research, explain how the LCIA was developed, and demonstrate how the assessment’s reports can be interpreted and applied. Additionally, participants learn a step-by-step coaching process to effectively support and develop talent using a framework that is linked to enhanced performance, well-being, engagement, and job satisfaction.

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Elevate your organization’s leadership capabilities with SIGMA’s premier leader character assessment certification.

Why get certified?

The LCIA Certification Program offers a multitude of benefits that can transform your approach to leadership and talent development. Through this certification, you will:

  • Gain a rich understanding of the LCIA’s dimensional model of leader character, allowing you to personally and powerfully coach top talent.
  • Learn how to navigate the LCIA-Self and LCIA-360 reports, empowering you to support your team in effectively interpreting and applying their results.
  • Develop internal expertise in leader character assessment and development, enabling you to reduce reliance on external consulting services and save both time and money.
  • Gain access to a comprehensive suite of specialized development resources, designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your talent development initiatives.
  • Enhance your personal and professional growth by acquiring a range of insightful character development tips, tools, and skills.
  • Learn foundational leader character theories, enabling you to significantly enhance your organization’s talent development initiatives with innovative approaches.

Who is the LCIA Certification for?

The LCIA Certification Program is designed for organizations that want to incorporate a scientifically valid assessment within their existing strategic or human resources (HR) practices, including talent management, high-potential development, succession planning, and more. For leaders and HR professionals committed to maximizing their team’s potential, this certification provides the essential knowledge and resources you need to support your team’s development.

  • HR professionals
  • Organizational development professionals
  • Trainers and educators
  • Management consultants
  • Executive coaches
  • Managers
  • Team leads

Our Approach

At SIGMA, our certification programs are thoughtfully designed and delivered by seasoned subject matter experts, ensuring you learn directly from the same professionals who have been integral to the cutting-edge research behind the LCIA. Furthermore, our specialists are not just academic experts; they also possess extensive experience in conducting training and development programs for a diverse range of organizations, spanning various industries. This blend of academic rigor and practical application equips you with a dual advantage: you gain access to academically validated theories and tools, coupled with practical strategies for effective implementation. This comprehensive approach ensures that your team benefits from the most advanced and applicable leadership assessment practices in the field.

What You Will Learn

  • The nature and importance of leader character.
  • The LCIA’s dimensional model of leader character.
  • The value of multi-source feedback for development.
  • The coaching fundamentals that are essential for an effective LCIA debrief.
  • How the LCIA was developed and validated.
  • The 11 dimensions of leader character and how they interact.
  • The importance of balance between dimensions.
  • Common character profiles and how they manifest in the real world.
  • How to navigate the LCIA-self and LCIA-360 reports.
  • A step-by-step approach for conducting coaching sessions.
  • How to interpret and debrief assessment results.
  • Where to find resources for ongoing development.

*Small group sessions for organizations with multiple participants allow for more flexibility to focus on topics and scenarios that are of particular interest.

What Sets the LCIA Apart?

The LCIA stands out in the field of leadership assessments, uniquely crafted to measure leadership character and provide leaders with practical insight for leadership development. Distinct from typical leadership assessments, the LCIA utilizes leader character dimensions to provide organizations with a powerful predictor of leadership performance that goes beyond mere technical skills, encompassing a more holistic perspective of leadership development.

Features of the LCIA

The LCIA offers a range of features designed to comprehensively evaluate and enhance leadership qualities. These features include:

  • A measurement of 62 important leadership traits, values, and virtues, categorized within 11 broad character dimensions.
  • An online administration option for ease of access and convenience.
  • A quick completion time of only 20 minutes, designed to suit the busy schedules of professionals.
  • Availability in both French and English, accommodating a diverse range of users.
  • Options for both self-assessment and 360-degree assessment, offering flexibility in application.
  • A personalized report that summarizes results and offers tailored development recommendations.
  • A comprehensive suite of development guides, templates, and other resources to support ongoing leadership growth.

SIGMA is trusted by organizations of all sizes across North America, ranging from large consulting firms and government agencies to post-secondary institutions and beyond.

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Castle Biosciences
ASU Inc.
AML Foods
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The SIGMA Advantage

SIGMA is not just a consulting firm; we are a team of industry experts, PhD psychologists, and experienced executive coaches. Having supported more than 8,500 public and private organizations across North America, including more than a third of Fortune 500 companies, our approach blends academic rigor with practical experience. This unique combination is embedded in every product and service we offer, ensuring that we deliver not just solutions but transformative experiences. With SIGMA, you’re choosing a partner committed to excellence, one that equips your organization to navigate both current challenges and future opportunities with confidence and clarity.

Interested in learning more? Download the program summary below, and contact us if you have any questions.

Meet the Instructors


Julie Carswell, Ph.D.

Vice President

Dr. Julie Carswell is a certified executive coach, consultant, and trained mindfulness practitioner. She has decades of experience in industrial-organizational research and development (R&D), and was named a 2019 Women Worth Watching®. At SIGMA, Julie oversees research and development projects as well as training, coaching and consulting work. She divides her time between successfully promoting and executing SIGMA’s strategic vision to develop innovative, psychometrically superior assessments, and implementing large-scale employee and leadership coaching and development initiatives for clients.


Ruby Nadler, Ph.D.

Leadership Consultant

Dr. Ruby Nadler, a specialist in cognition and perception, is an expert in leadership character, mindfulness, and positive psychology. With a passion for fusing scientific research with practical application, Ruby excels in enhancing leadership performance and emotional intelligence through individual coaching and group workshops. Recognized for her expertise, Ruby was the recipient of the Ontario Centers of Excellence TalentEdge Fellowship in 2015. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on platforms including CBC, BBC Radio, Happify, and NPR.

Unsure if the certification is right for you? We encourage you to speak with one of our instructors. They can provide detailed insights about the program and help determine if it aligns well with your organization’s objectives.