PULSE your leadership and amplify your progress

An extension of the Leadership Circle Profile™, the Pulse™ survey process allows leaders to track their development progress against their development goals and associated behaviors. Leaders can use the Pulse process over and over again to fine-tune and amplify leadership progress.

+ How it works

Three assessments are conducted over a 6-12 month period. After each assessment, results are captured in a brief, clearly illustrated summary report that leaders can use to chart their progress and course correct or continue to solidify operating shifts and behaviors. When the first Pulse round is done, this sets up the perfect time to start anew.

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“The choice to be a more effective leader means facing our development gaps.”

Scaling Leadership


Identifying a “One Big Thing Goal” enables leaders to begin their transformative process by selecting a goal that they believe will have the biggest impact for moving the needle on their leadership effectiveness, or their leadership overall.

+ Kicking off

The leader will identify one aspirational behavior and one behavior that limits them currently. This information is entered into a Baseline Pulse composed of rating scales and a comment/recommendation section. The survey is then administered to the leader’s Accountability Circle, which typically includes 5 to 6 coworkers selected by the leader for their ability to offer candid feedback. These raters assess the leader’s current levels of performance in the goal area and on specific positive and negative behaviors associated with that goal. Raters may also offer relevant commentary about the leader’s pursuit of the goal and related behaviors. Each pulse takes less than 5 minutes for evaluators.


Approximately 3 to 4 months after the Baseline Pulse, a second Pulse is administered to the leader’s Accountability Circle. 

+ Digging deeper

This survey is similar to the Baseline Pulse, with ratings of perceived changes in the leader’s performance added to the measures of current performance levels.

The Pulse report summarizes the leader’s current performance and compares that to baseline performance, providing additional insight into their progress achieved since beginning the leadership development work. 

Again, rater recommendations regarding ways to improve performance are included in the report.


In this Final Pulse, the current period is assessed, and viewed along-side the previous Baseline and Interim Pulses, making it possible to view the whole journey for review. 

+ Illumination

Approximately 3 to 5 months later, the Final Pulse is administered for this series. This Pulse includes all items from the previous Pulse, as well as five additional questions from the Leadership Circle Profile™ that reflect overall leadership effectiveness. Included in the Final Pulse are two open-ended items, designed to gather feedback on the leader’s greatest leadership strength and challenge, at this point. This report also shows a comparison of their current leadership effectiveness to their original baseline measures in the Baseline Pulse, not previously seen.

The leader may use this Pulse as a platform for starting a new pulse series, either with the same goal, or a completely different goal, to continue their development and progress.