The 17 Reference Profiles

After a thorough analysis of millions of Behavioral Assessments, the PI Science Team identified 17 “Reference Profiles” that create a behavioral map for different types of people. You can think of these as easy-to-reference groupings of the characteristics of people who have similar drives.

Analytical Profiles

The Reference Profiles in the Analytical group are more dominant than extraverted and work at a faster pace. They are generally more task oriented as opposed to people oriented.

Persistent Profiles

In the workplace, people with profiles in the Persistent group are generally task-oriented and deliberate, and thrive when they have control over their own work.

Social Profiles

The Reference Profiles in the Social group are highly extraverted compared to other behavioral drives. In the workplace, people in this group tend to focus on relationships.

Stabilizing Profiles

The Reference Profiles in the Stabilizing group are generally steady, detailed, and work well with structure and processes.

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Frequently asked questions

How do Reference Profiles work?

There are 17 Reference Profiles, each with its own combination of behavioral drives and needs. Think of your Reference Profile as a unique persona that describes how you like to work best.


How do I use Reference Profiles?

Reference Profiles have a variety of applications within the workplace. Use them to screen for the right job candidates, build and lead cohesive teams, and foster healthy relationships between peers.


How accurate is The Predictive Index?

The Predictive Index is scientifically proven to be valid and reliable. In a 2019 study, 3,535 respondents were asked whether they felt their PI results accurately described them. The average rating was 4.4 out of 5.0.


What are the most common Reference Profiles?

According to a sample of 10 million profiles, the most common Reference Profile is Collaborator (10.0%), followed by Promoter (9.8%), Operator (9.4%), Altruist (8.4%), and Guardian (8.2%).