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 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 its 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. You will receive a 35 page result packet that includes your unique  profile, recommendations, the statistics and information both about the test and the different stages of vertical development.

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 (35 pages) with comments will be sent to you via email attachments.  The results will be released within 4 weeks or sooner after payment of the $1000.00 fee has been received. We will schedule the debrief-coaching session as soon as you have digested the input at a mutually agreed-upon date and time. Arrangements can be made for longer-term coaching with Susanne if this seems useful and desired. Often a single debrief, coaching session allows the client to move forward on their own.

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 provides you with a unique and personal 500+ word feedback section on your profile. Moreover, it  offers recommendations tailored to your stage, your unique sentences, and your voiced concerns.

The MAP is especially known as the most sophisticated 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).

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 leaders.   

The new StAGES test is said to be quicker to score using AQALdistinctions yet it relies entirely on the expertise of the "analysts" and therefore is more apt to scorer-bias. Also the data used to postulate two new late, late stages are so far very small. Once properly vetted and examined by a community of expert measurement peers, StAGES could become an additional lens for looking at sentence completions. So far this validation has not yet been accomplished.

The Global Leadership Profile (GLP) is another derivative. It lopped off six items and is therefore only 30-items long. It is not clear how the center of gravity or action logic is statistically determined. Furthermore, the choice of stems focuses even more on business topics. Thus the claim of greater inter-item correlations is an artifact of measuring within a narrower conceptual range. It is not actually an improvement in measuring a leader's action logic and meaning making in the world. The MAP uses a full range of stimuli and topics to assess the whole person (behavioral, self-identity, cognitive complexity, emotional intelligence, and coping strategies).

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. Some people use the feedback session as a ”check-up” regarding their current developmental practices  and efforts to mature.

Many clients value additional coaching sessions with Susanne after the initial debrief once they have experienced the power of developmental feedback by an experienced coach. Many of my later-stage clients engage me for  follow-up sessions whenever they feel a need for further reflection and perspectives.

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 statistical search function 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 possible.

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. Analysis of your MAP cannot begin until payment is received.

Fast track services

We also offer two fast track services for additional fees. Please inquire if you need them as these require prior agreement.   

Center for Leadership Maturity

Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter



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