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Tartan Consulting’s Leadership Academy uses a proven process blending in-person and virtual learning points. Leadership/Career Development Process breaks the improvement stream into three blocks:

Block 1: Who I am.

Block 2: What I do with who I am.

Block 3: How I will improve my leadership effectiveness.


An assessment battery provides the foundation for Block 1 “Who I am”.  The battery elements are customized to the needs of the participants and the organization. Depending on the client’s needs, assessment tools are drawn from a bank of resources including but not limited to:


  • California Personality Inventory

  • FIRO-B

  • Gallup

  • Hogan

  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

  • Myers-Briggs

  • Rorschach

  • Thomas-Kilmann


“The key to true behavior change and leadership development is on-going conversations. During the first year, I meet quarterly with the participant. Over the next twelve to fifteen months, we have bi-monthly sessions alternating between face-to-face meetings and phone conversations.”

Dr. Steve McIntosh 

To make the determination in Block 2 “What I do with who I am”, the versatile Tartan Consulting 360-Assessment is used. The elements of  the assessment are drawn from the widely acclaimed “The Art and Science of Leadership: A Definitive Guide to Leadership Excellence (Southern Leadership Institute, publisher). The premise of the book is that no standard set of behaviors can be successful at all levels of an organization, and every successful organization has unique culture different leadership behaviors for success.


Tartan Consulting has been described by clients as providing them clear strategic advantage. This is because in Block 3 “How I will improved my effectiveness”, Dr. McIntosh builds a personal, confidential bond with the participants. “I only have two rules. Rule 1: The data belongs to the participant and the organization. Rule 2: The conversations belong to the participant and me.” Steve McIntosh


Today’s leaders can never really divorce themselves from the job. Electronic media allows clients, customers, subordinates, and managers to make contact at any time, typically expecting an immediate response. Our job is to take participants out of the daily tornado and force them to think about their careers.

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