LIFE STYLES INVENTORY EXERCISE: A PERSONAL REFLECTION
GM591:LEADERSHIP AND ORGONIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
May 13, 2012
In today’s world it is essential for managers to have critical leadership skills in order to reach their full potential. The Life Style Inventory survey has allowed me to reflect on my own way of thinking and how it influences my behavior. The circumplex shows me that my primary style of thinking is the Convention style. This style incorporates managers being routine, strictly adhering to rules, procedures and difficulty taking small risks. The backup style of thinking is the approval style. In the approval style ...view middle of the document...
Discovering these facts about myself, I’m led to believe that the conventional style of managing works against me in many ways. I’m choosing this style because conforming to the status quo will limit my growth in developing as a person, make me seem unoriginal, and cause me to be unmotivated. In the future, I would like to work on being less conforming to rules, procedures, and modify my daily routines. I will start by trying to explore a new route to work, this will break the ice. At work I will perform tasks when I feel they need to be done instead of waiting to be told. This will allow me to be creative, think outside the box and inspire and motivate my team to perform tasks at a higher level.
IMPACT ON MANAGEMENT STYLE
My personal thinking styles in management have an impact on four major facets of management including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. The planning function of management starts with setting goals, task performance objectives and the actions that need to be taken in order to achieve them. In the planning function of management, I don’t believe that my personal thinking styles have much of an impact. In retail management it pays to plan well, set goals and objectives, it is a part of my job every day. I believe the reason I’m able to achieve my goals is because I’m able to organize in an efficient manner. I follow a very structured system where I assign tasks according to individual strengths of the team. I feel at this point I’m pretty good at achieving my goals and objective at work and my personal thinking styles does not impact me in a negative way. The other two functions of management are leading and controlling. This is where capable leaders are able to create enthusiasm, communicate effectively, motivate their team, and instill a sense of control by monitoring performance and taking corrective action. My primary and secondary thinking style causes me to be an ineffective leader in the leading and controlling function of management. Because I’m a conventional style leader, I tend to do things “by the book” and rely on established routines and...