Evaluating Leadership Using PACE for Teams

Team complementarity, creating a team greater than the sum of its parts, happens when physical and behavioural attributes are aligned whilst focusing on achieving a significant objective.

We developed our PACE behavioural evaluation in collaboration with leading academics and the private equity industry to identify the key behaviours found amongst the best leadership teams in private equity backed businesses.

We evaluate and develop leadership teams' behavioural complementarity to enhance the impact of their experience and skills on the performance of the business.

Why Personalities are Static and Behaviours are Dynamic

PACE provides a behavioural evaluation of the individual as well as the team. Behaviour is dynamic and can change depending on the people you are working with, the current challenges within the business, and the functional responsibilities of your role.

The construct of teams is based on a fragile model: it assumes the person in the role has the right behavioural fit and can get the most out of themselves, as well as others. The model is fragile because behaviour is based on an input stimulus that can’t be controlled, and if the input isn’t right, the output is unlikely to be right.

Whilst no team will have the perfect leadership behavioural balance, the behavioural balance the team does have must be effective in helping them achieve their mission.


  • Behaviours are tangible and measurable, and should be measured as part of a team. Evaluating their ability to have impact and impose themselves on the opportunity even when things become tough is important for value creation.

  • Thinking differently, having different thresholds in risk, resilience and executing the job at hand, is not guaranteed. Cognitive diversity is essential to sustained performance.

  • Complementarity is engineering differences so the sum becomes greater than the parts.

  • Skills, knowledge and experience can all be developed but finding the talent within your company today who possess the right behaviours presents a material opportunity for all.

  • You don't have to leave behavioural complementarity to chance.


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