The Leadership Maturity Assessment Instrument or MAP

The MAP was formerly known  SCTi-MAP and LDP. It is a sentence completion test. It and its analysis evolved since 1980 out of Loevinger's Washington University Sentence Completion Test, known as WUSCT.  It uses our extensive manuals for matching client responses with confirmed examples. The process of matching  is a definite advantage in terms of interrater reliability, and rigor, but relatively time-consuming.

The MAP is the most rigorously developed, Harvard-tested, least-biased and reliable stage measure on the market. Our data base consists of over 9000 MAPs. The Harvard study itself was based on over 4000 tests and the construct -validity replicated in several dissertations.

Highly-educated, trained, and certified scorers assess  your MAP. They  will comment on the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of your way of making sense of experience as well as identify the themes and concerns you express. You'll find out your center of gravity and also the trailing and growing edge   action logics. While rigor in scoring presents the science of this instrument, commenting and making actionable recommendations is an art.

CLM has a cadre of certified scorers as well as LMF-certified coaches who provide exceptional services in both assessment and debriefing, and ongoing coaching opportunities.

Why take the MAP?

If you want to know your level of leadership maturity and personal integration, the MAP is your answer. If you just want to know how smart you are (cognitive complexity), there are several tests available that can measure that accurately. The MAP is a measure of your overall integration and maturity!  You will receive a 35 page result packet that includes your unique  profile, and recommendations for practice at your growing edge. It also contains the statistics from your MAP and information both about the test and the different stages of vertical development. As part of the process, you will also get a 50 minute debrief or read-back session with a certified LMF coach.

What does the MAP assessment offer?

It locates your center of gravity on the developmental spiral as well as your fall-back positions and your growing edge.

The MAP brings you practical information that can be translated into an actionable development plan.  Unlike other instruments which give you only general stage descriptions or a final score, the MAP assessment provides you with a unique and personal 700+ word feedback section. Moreover, it offers you recommendations for practices tailored to your unique self-expression, self-perception, your coping skills and the personal concerns and difficulties you shared. 

The MAP is also the most sophisticated and well-researched instrument for measuring second tier meaning making. It is thus ideal for identifying mature self-actualizers (yellow and above in Ken Wilber’s terms). These are the people most likely capable of integrally-oriented, transformative leadership. They are also often the source and inspiration for creating and sustaining interdependent, learning organizations. (See McGuire and Rhodes (2009):Transforming your leadership culture).

Your Debrief Session

In the debrief session you can explore in more depth what your profile suggests in terms of your growth potential and needed further integration.  You are encouraged  to ask about the MAP itself and how it works as well as about any concerns you may have about your result  We can  look into what practices are most likely to help you deepen your awareness and move towards your personal aspirations and professional goals. The feedback session can become the first step in creating your own individual development plan or to refine your current practices.

Many clients value additional coaching sessions with a certified LMF coach after the initial debrief once they have experienced the power of developmental feedback.

How to take the MAP and get a debrief from Susanne?

To take the test and get an individual, 50-minute debrief with Susanne Cook-Greuter herself  prepay $1000.00 with check or money order to Cook-Greuter and Associates at the address below. You can also pay via PayPal (see buttons below). Paying this fee will guarantee you a personal attention from Susanne. Your result packet will be sent to you via email attachments. The results are released within 4 weeks or sooner after payment of the fee has been received. We will schedule the debrief-coaching session  at a mutually agreed-upon date and time after you have had time to digest  the result and comments.

Often a single debrief, coaching session allows my clients to move forward on their own. I do give homework!!!  Arrangements can be made for longer-term coaching if this seems useful and desired by the client. Some of my clients engage me spontaneously for a check-up session whenever they feel a need for further reflection and perspectives on their progress.  

Why the MAP and not another test?

Unlike other instruments which assess cognitive complexity or vertical development in specific domains, we are assessing a person's meaning making capacity, ego maturity and integration. We have found that many people who score high on cognitive complexity measures are not necessarily mature and integrated as people..   

The new StAGES test may be faster to score than using extensive manuals. It uses 24 AQAL distinctions instead -- 3 levels, 4 quadrants, and inner and outer zones -- across all stems .  The data used to postulate the two, new late, late stages have not been made available for replication studies so far. Once properly vetted and examined  StAGES could become an additional lens for looking at sentence completions. A peer review of the theory is in progress.  While theoretically interesting, assessing the transpersonal tier of human development is far less urgent than supporting people at the conventional stages to become more fully self-authoring.

The Global Leadership Profile (GLP) is another derivative of the WUSCT and the MAP. The choice of stems focuses primarily on business topics. The GLP is only 30-items long. Its proponents  lopped off six Loevinger items and replaced some other stems with with stems that may appeal more to a corporate environment.  While, "a good boss" can be responded to across all levels and all classes, "a good leader" is much more limited in response range, tends to elicit more "received" knowledge, that is having folks respond with the going clichés they hear and read about in the leadership literature. Worse, it actually excludes the reality of the working class who may not read and discuss leadership, and who do have to deal with bosses of all kinds.  It is also not evident by what statistical criteria a person's action logic is determined.  The claim of greater inter-item correlations is an artifact of measuring within a narrower conceptual range and is not proof of a more accurate test.

To remind the reader, the MAP uses a full range of stimuli and topics to assess the whole person (self-awareness, behavioral, self-identity, cognitive complexity, emotional intelligence, relational capacity, coping strategies, defenses, and more).

Accessing the web version of the MAP

Right click the hyperlink MAP Assessment and save the form file to your local computer before writing any sentence completions. You can then open it from MS Word  and complete the sentences. When done, keep a copy for yourself on your computer. Please do not return a PDF version as we cannot use the search functions for text analysis we like to use.  CLM is in the process of updating and simplifying the procedure and make test-taking on the web faster and easier.

The instructions for filling in the assessment are on the front page. Please read them carefully.

We will begin processing your MAP by prior arrangement or as soon as payment has been received. 

Please return the completed MAP form electronically in MS word (not PDF) as an email attachment to 

Electronic transmission is easiest for you and us. Please make sure you prepay the $1000.00 fee by clicking here if you haven't done so already.


or send a check in that amount to the address below and let us know that you did so.

Fast track services

We also offer two fast track options for additional fees (10 day turn-around and overnight. Please get in touch with me before you do as fast track services require prior agreement.   

Center for Leadership Maturity

Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter



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