At Sullivan Search, we understand that finding the perfect leader for your organization requires a highly detailed, efficient and accurate assessment of their leadership abilities. Leadership assessment is an essential component of any effective candidate selection, in addition to playing a critical role in executive development, succession planning, transformational change and post-merger and acquisition integration.
Whether for selection, succession, promotion, teaming or development, Sullivan Search offers the best leadership assessment tool in the industry. Used in business, clinical, military and sports settings around the globe, TAIS is the perfect solution for all your performance-related needs.
What does TAIS Evaluate?
TAIS measures 20 different psychological factors: 6 attentional factors and 14 interpersonal factors. These factors include the following:
- Awareness — measure of the individual’s “street sense”, ability to react quickly and instinctively to things going on around him/her, and sensitivity to the environment and to the non-verbal (emotional) messages people often send
- External Distractibility – measure of the individual’s tendency to become distracted by task irrelevant things going on in the environment
- Analysis/Conceptual – measure of the individual’s ability to plan, to think strategically, to anticipate the consequences of various courses of action, and to problem solve
- Internal Distractibility – measure of the tendency for the person to become distracted by thoughts and/or feelings
- Action/Focused – measure of the individual’s tolerance for engaging in repetitive behaviour, and for attending to details
- Reduced Flexibility – measure of the tendency to either become too focused internally, or externally. Performance mistakes are made because the person fails to make needed shifts in their focus of attention
- Information Processing – measure of the individual’s need for and enjoyment of change as well as an indication of their ability to cope with shifting priorities and a relative lack of structure
- Orientation Towards Rules and Risk – measure of the individual’s flexibility and/or willingness to think outside of the box and bend the rules at times
- Control – measure of the person’s willingness to take the initiative, take comfort in, and need for a leadership role
- Self-Confidence – measure of the individual’s feelings of confidence and self-worth across a variety of performance settings
- Physical Competitiveness – measure of the individual’s enjoyment of competitive physical activity
- Decision-Making Style – measure of the extent to which an individual is likely to “obsess” and/or overanalyze situations before making a decision
- Extroversion – measure of the comfort and need an individual has for socializing and/or being actively involved with others
- Introversion – measure of the individual’s enjoyment of working alone and need for personal space and privacy
- Expression of Ideas –measure of the individual’s comfort with the expression of ideas, and with having thought processes challenged
- Expression of Criticism and Anger – measure of the willingness and comfort of the person when it comes to expressing feelings of anger, frustration and disappointment, to confront and challenge others
- Expression of Support and Affection – measure of the level of comfort the individual has along with his/her willingness to express positive feelings and support for others
- Self-Critical – measure of the individual’s current level of self-doubt
- Focus Over Time – measure of the individual’s willingness to make long-term sacrifices in various areas of his/her life for the sake of accomplishing specific goals or objectives
- Performance Under Pressure – measure of the individual’s comfort in, and willingness to assume a leadership role in high-pressure situations
Sample TAIS Reports
- TAIS Business Report. Click here to view sample report.
- TAIS Scale Report. Click here to view sample report.
- TAIS Basic Scale Report. Click here to view sample report.
- TAIS Sales Report. Click here to view sample report.
- TAIS Business Leader Report. Click here to view sample report.
- TAIS Management Development Report. Click here to view sample report.
- TAIS Interaction Report. Click here to view sample report.
The following articles are written by Robert M. Nideffer, Ph.D., the author and founder of TAIS. For the past 30 years Dr. Nideffer has been providing team building, selection and screening, and performance enhancement services to Olympic Training Centers, Elite Military Groups, and Major Corporations around the world.
Using Personality Tests for Selection, Screening, and Training: TAIS and “The Big Five Personality Characteristics”
The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory: Measuring The Building Blocks of Performance
Reliability and Validity of The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory Concentration Scales.
The Attentional & Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory measures how individuals concentrate and behave. It is an inventory of style, not ability or intelligence. There are no right or wrong answers.
The TAIS Inventory consists of 144 items. Please allow approximately 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete the assessment. You will not be timed, so please take whatever time you need.
Each TAIS Item describes a thought, behavior or a general statement. One of five responses to each item will be presented:
Never | Rarely | Sometimes | Frequently | Always
Please select the response that best describes you.
As you respond to each item, the next one will automatically appear. If you are unsure of your response to an earlier item, a Previous button is provided for you to navigate back.
Please be advised: DO NOT — USE YOUR BROWER’S “BACK” OR OTHER HISTORY BUTTONS.
There is no “pause and resume” feature. Occasional slight pauses may occur, due primarily to variations in network activity and connectivity.