Life Style Inventory (LSI)
Personal Thinking Style
MGMT591 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Professor; Michael Carr
Primary and Backup Thinking Styles
My primary personal thinking style is the Achievement Style, which is one of the constructive styles. Constructive Styles pertain to self-enhancing behaviors in ways of thinking, which determine a person’s level of satisfaction. These styles also pertain to the capability of effectively working with people, building healthy relationships, and being proficient at the accomplishment of tasks.
In particular, the Achievement Style of thinking pertains to the ability and the desire to ...view middle of the document...
The Conventional thinking style is my backup thinking style. This is one of the Passive/Defensive styles, which pertain to self-promoting behaviors and ways of thinking. These are used for maintainng one’s position or status and for fulfilling one’s security needs through task-related activities. In particular, the Conventional Style is characterized by a greater importance being accorded to rules over ideas and by adherence to practices and policies, as well as by reliability and steadiness.
The Conventional Style has manifested in my life in that I am a stickler for rules. For example, I make sure that I follow the rules and regulations at work and strictly adhere to the instructions for school requirements. My superiors have commended me for being reliable at work where I complete and correct not only my own tasks but even the tasks of my colleagues.
Limiting Thinking Style
My limiting thinking style is the Avoidance Style, which is also one of the Passive/Defensive Styles. This style is characterized by being non-committal, being indecisive, and avoiding conflict, as well as by lying low when things get tough. It’s not that I’m always reluctant to try new things, but I often do not try things when the risk is high. I also find it quite difficult to make decisions when faced with something complicated or complex. An example of it is when I have difficulty deciding what to do when a professor gives conflicting instructions for a school assignment.
In addition, I fear failure and feel guilty for the mistakes I have made or might make. I also listen to other people’s advice that is given which I value relationships a lot. I always strive to please the people who are important to me, such as my family and my superiors.
Impact on Management Style
Given that the Achievement Style is my main style, I believe that as a manager, I would be one who would greatly advocate for planning. I won’t allow my subordinates to get any surprises so I would be prepared in advance. I will make sure that goals and objectives are set and that these are properly communicated to my subordinates.
In my personal work style, the importance towards planning is evident in the way I plan and organize my work at the beginning of each day. I believe that this habit will be carried through whether I’m just planning for my own work or for the work of others as well.
With regards to organizing, I like being organized with my work and would expect the same of my subordinates. On the other hand, though, given the way I value relationships, I believe I would be the type of manager who would distribute authority among my subordinates. I would do this through the delegation of tasks and by making sure that the authorities granted is bound by clear guidelines.
In addition, I believe that my style for leading would be highly reflective of my Achievement Style in that I would expect goals and objectives to be met and for my subordinates to perform as expected or...