What is the 16PF?

This objective, empirically based questionnaire developed by Raymond B. Cattell is a comprehensive measure of an individual’s whole personality, not just of those traits that they may display at work.  This depth and breadth of insight is especially important for reducing the risk in decisions about key roles and promotions, and for major development investments, all levels.

The 16PF provides a really rounded view of individuals, so that managers can select, develop and motivate people based on this “full picture”.

In a selection or development context, the 16PF can reveal potential, confirm capacity to sustain performance in a larger role and help identify development needs.  It provides a highly accurate prediction of future behaviour and likely success, based on 16 resonant personality factors.


This tool works well at all levels within an organisation.  It works best in:

  • Graduate recruitment
  • Executive selection
  • Executive coaching
  • Assessment for potential
  • Line manager coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Succession planning
  • Career guidance