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About The EMP

In today’s complex business environment, organizations need to make profound shifts in order to stay competitive. Those who want to make a mark on the world need to ask themselves some tough questions.

College Students

Are you fully leveraging your unique strengths and talents in a way that enhances your chances for professional success?

Corporate Leaders

What should you be doing to help your teams and organizations grow and stay ahead of the competition?


Are you balancing risk and reward—and strategy and execution—in pursuit of high-potential opportunities?

All of these questions come down to one thing – Entrepreneurial Mindset

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Having this “entrepreneurial mindset” is essential to sustaining growth and innovation. The Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile® (EMP) is a cutting-edge assessment tool that examines the skills and capabilities that are needed for this new way of operating. The EMP helps corporate leaders, students and entrepreneurs assess the degree to which they are utilizing an “entrepreneurial mindset” and provides resources to leverage that competitive edge.

The EMP was developed by the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at Eckerd College. LDI has been a Network Associate of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) since 1981 and has delivered internationally acclaimed programs to thousands of local, national and international clients.

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Assessment Scales

Developed from extensive research into the traits, motivations and skills of entrepreneurs, the EMP is based not on theory or conjecture, but on hard data about the factors that actually distinguish entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs. The instrument shows solid evidence of reliability and validity.

Your Score


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The EMP Feedback Report provides scores on 14 discrete scales that fall within two broad domains:

Personality Scales

The personality characteristics and motivations that have been found to distinguish entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs.

Future Focus

The ability to think beyond the immediate situation and plan for the future

Idea Generation

The ability to generate multiple and novel ideas, and to find multiple approaches for achieving goals


The ability to turn ideas into actionable plans; the ability to implement ideas well


A general belief in one’s ability to leverage skills and talents to achieve important goals


The ability to maintain a generally positive attitude about various aspects of one’s life and the world


The ability to bounce back quickly from disappointment, and to remain persistent in the face of setbacks

Interpersonal Sensitivity

A high level of sensitivity to and concern for the well-being of those with whom one works


The desire to work with a high degree of independence

Preference for Limited Structure

A preference for tasks and situations with little formal structure


A preference for acting in unique ways; an interest in being perceived as unique

Risk Acceptance

A willingness to pursue an idea or a desired goal even when the probability of succeeding is low

Action Orientation

A tendency to show initiative, make decisions quickly, and feel impatient for results


A tendency to experience one’s work as exciting and enjoyable rather than tedious and draining

Need to Achieve

The desire to achieve at a high level

Skills Scales

The cognitive and behavioral skills critical to entrepreneurial success.

EMP Development Guide

An important question to ask of any assessment tool is the “So what?”

What do these results tell me? How should I interpret them? How can I benefit from this information? Can I use this information to make me more effective?

Fortunately, with the EMP, these questions can be answered. When an individual or team takes the EMP, not only do they receive a thorough Feedback Report, but they also get a 67-page Development Guide containing the following sections:

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  • Interpretive material, suggestions for development, and recommended readings on each of the 14 scales
  • Current books and Websites on topics related to entrepreneurial mindset
  • Effective action planning tips and,
  • Guidelines for continuous improvement

This practical and user-friendly resource helps participants synthesize their results and generate a plan to leverage existing strengths and/or enhance skill sets.  If extended development is desired, personalized feedback sessions and ongoing coaching are available through the Leadership Development Institute.

View A Sample Page from the Development Guide


Mark Davis, Ph.D.

Mark H. Davis is an award-winning Professor of Psychology at Eckerd College and has authored several highly-regarded assessment instruments, including the Conflict Dynamics Profile® (CDP). He is the author of over 70 articles and chapters in the area of Social Psychology as well as a book, Empathy: A Social Psychological Approach.

Jennifer Hall, Ph.D.

An executive coach and small business owner, Jen discovered many years ago a passion for working with individual leaders and leadership teams across a wide variety of industries, helping them to leverage their strengths, enhance their working relationships, and realize their potential.

Pam Mayer Meskauskas, Ph.D.

Pam Mayer Meskauskas was the founder of eMindset Academy, a training organization designed to teach practicing leaders how to add science to the art of innovation. She is also an adjunct coach and trainer for the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College. In the 1990s, Pam had a VP role at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), where she was responsible for open-enrollment and custom programs at the Greensboro, North Carolina site, as well as for providing oversight of CCL’s worldwide licensee network.

Sample Reports

Individual Report

The EMP Individual Feedback Report is a “self-report” (your view of yourself). It provides scores on 14 discrete scales that fall within two broad domains:

  • The personality characteristics and motivations that often distinguish entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs, and
  • The cognitive and behavioral skill dimensions which indicate how entrepreneurs typically approach tasks and the abilities they demonstrate.

The color-coded report presents results in text form as well as in clear, understandable graphs. The accompanying Development Guide is full of tips and strategies for improvement and contains resources for further development.

View an Individual Report
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Group Report

The EMP Group Feedback Report displays composite data for a group, team, or organization. The Group Report displays a group’s average score on each of the 14 scales and allows comparisons to corresponding scores of our current entrepreneur and corporate manager norm groups.

A minimum of three group members, each of whom has taken the individual version of the EMP, is required to run a Group Report.

Although an Individual Feedback Report can be purchased online, you need to be a Certified EMP Practitioner to use the Group Feedback Report. Contact us to request an EMP Group Feedback Report: 855-602-7765.

View a Group Report


Individual Assessment

Retail Price: $45
Assessments are discounted for EMP Certified Practitioners
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Pricing includes: The EMP Questionnaire, Feedback Report and Development Guide.