INTRODUCTION The Life Style Inventory (LSI) assessment measures 12 styles of thinking. By studying results on these 12 styles of thinking one can determine leadership effectiveness of an individual. I took this assessment and will be discussing various topics about my assessment including personal thinking styles, impact on management style and genesis of personal styles. PERSONAL THINKING STYLES Primary and Back-Up Styles My primary style or the style with the highest percentile as shown by the LSI assessment is oppositional. A person with an oppositional style is aggressive and defensive when dealing with people.
They ask the hard questions, but sometimes use it to make someone else feel bad. These people make others feel uncomfortable by being critical and cynical. Another aspect of the oppositional style is that the person can seem detached from people as they are constantly pushing people away. They are also stubborn and will not let go of a wrong. This describes me, but I do not believe that it describes me to the extent that the LSI assessment measures it. It says I am in the 96th percentile, which means almost everyone else is less oppositional than I am. I must agree that I can be argumentative, but I feel that is mostly in my personal life.
I get especially argumentative when talking about sports or politics, but not when it comes to work. Although when I get something in my head, I am slow to let it go. I am stubborn and some of that could affect my score for being oppositional. My backup style or the style with the second highest percentile as shown by my assessment is dependent. A person with dependent style feels that everything they do counts for nothing. Dependent people feel that they do not have control over anything, including their life. These people have a difficult time trusting their own judgment.
These people do not take action without help and are passive in their decision making. This style can be permanent or temporary. Life changes, such as a new job or a broken relationship, can affect this style causing behavior that is not permanent. This assessment could be skewed as I started a new job in a new field a little over a year ago and most people say it takes a full year to two years to feel real comfortable with everything going on. By being new I can be easily swayed from lack of experience. Sometimes I do have a passive attitude and just go with the flow, but I feel that I stand by my own beliefs and think for myself.
I believe that I should have been in the medium-low to low range and not the high range. Limiting Style I feel that the style that is limiting my organizational effectiveness is avoidance. I feel that this is one of the few styles that accurately describes who I am. I have a fear of failure and I focus on the things that I cannot do. I dwell on my mistakes and do not let them go and learn from them. I know that I have plenty of strengths but I do not allow them to come out and I avoid showing them for fear of failure. Without showing these strengths I will not be able to grow within my organization.
I would like to change my fear of failure. If I were able to beat this behavior it would open up so much more. I may be able to do my job more effectively if I did not worry about failing. I would not waste time on looking things up that I already know how to do. I just need to get rid of the fear of failure and have more faith in my strengths. This would increase my effectiveness within the organization by not taking so much time to do simple things. I would then be able to do more complex tasks for the organization and grow the organization. IMPACT ON MANAGEMENT STYLE
Even though I am not currently a manager, I need to change my personal styles so that I will be an effective manager when I become one. Based on the LSI assessment these styles will have varying effects on the effectiveness of planning, organizing, leading and controlling as a manager. My low score on the achievement style may impact my leadership ability. According to the score, someone with the score as I do will have doubt and this may lead over to the staff. Someone with a higher achievement score may lead by example. Another aspect that may make it hard to lead is my high oppositional style.
A high score signifies someone that is critical of employees and may not be able to lead. The oppositional style may make some employees defensive and they will not be open to be led. My low score on afiliative style may impact my organizing ability. This low score lends itself to lack of meaningful relationships. This lack of relationships may make it difficult to divide tasks between employees. My high score in competitiveness may make it difficult to trust others to do the work. In order to win and do the job the way I think it needs done, I will not pass it on to someone else.
These two styles will make it difficult to organize people to complete work. The lower score of approval style and the high score of perfectionistic may show that my controlling ability will be successful. The low score of approval style shows that I do not need approval to make decisions. That I will voice my opinions and do what needs done to change what I perceive is wrong. This goes along with the perfectionistic style. Trying to be perfect will make me want to make changes in order to complete perfect tasks. The high dependent style score signifies that I may have problems with planning.
Someone with a high dependent score needs assurance to proceed with plans. In order to plan, I would need someone to say that the plan is acceptable. This style along with the low score on self-actualizing means that I will rely on others. This could be detrimental to planning work. GENESIS OF PERSONAL STYLES The competitiveness style came from competition in high school sports. The sport that I would say made this worse is wrestling. It is you against someone else. There is only one thing that you want to do and that is to win.
Everything sure felt better when I won and life was not as good when I lost. This bred the competitive style that is in me. There is only one thing to do and that is win. The oppositional style evolved from high school government and history classes. The class would debate issues regardless of how we felt about the issue. If you were for abortion, you may have to discuss the issues against abortion. Due to this I have become critical and I have a love of arguing issues. The unfortunate thing is that it flows over into work and personal life. The avoidance style comes from high school in general.
Whenever I participated in class or sports, I was always told to work on things that I did not do well, not the things that I did well. This kept being reinforced over and over and eventually I began to look at my short comings and not the things that I did well. This is true in college as well. I always looked at what I did wrong, not what I did well. This is something that I notice most teachers have done over time. They do not quantify what is done well, only what needs worked on. This all can lead to an avoidance style. The perfectionistic style comes from high school football and my mom.
We would practice until we got something perfect. This only grew the perfectionist in me. I would also try to do perfect work in school so I would not let my mom down. She never pushed me to perfection, but perfection was an unwritten rule. Overall, I think my management style as it is now has come from high school sports. A lot of styles were developed based on traits passed on by those coaches. Although traits in sports do not always work in management, it gives a good base to start with. CONCLUSION AND REFLECTION It may be that I am a technical person, but I do not put much weight into assessments like the LSI.
Given my opinion of this exercise, it definitely made me think about traits that are good or not good for management. Whether I agree or disagree with the results, they at the very least give me some items to think about to improve aspects to be a manager. I cannot say I will change anything personally, professionally or academically based on these results. I have never been a manager so I do not know if my traits that I show now will affect my management abilities. These traits may change s I get more experience in my current job. I hope that GM 591 gives me the tools to be an effective manager even if nothing changes based on the LSI.