Gm591 - Life Styles Inventory (Lsi) Results

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Keller Graduate School of Management

GM 591: Life Styles Inventory – Survey results for John Hastings

Instructor: Rick Roechnes

Date: 09-JAN-2010


2.0Personal Thinking Styles (Part I)3
2.1Primary thinking & Back up thinking style4
2.2Limiting thinking style4
3.0Impact on Management Style (Part II)5
4.0Genesis of Personal Styles (Part III)6
5.0Conclusion and Reflection (Part IV)8


Human Synergistic International’s Life style Inventory survey has provided me with very insightful information on my thinking and behavioral style which I will use for my development as a leader and a manager. The results have provided me roadmap so I can now focus on my personal development goals. The Life Styles Inventory circumplex has given me clear picture of my thinking pattern.

Personal Thinking Styles (Part I)

The Figure 1 below is the LSI Survey result circumplex and here is my analysis of the profile in regards to my personal thinking styles

Figure 1
1. Primary thinking & Back up thinking style

LSI Survey result has shown that my Primary thinking style is more competitive. According to the results the raw score for the competitive style is 23 points and very high percentile score of 93. Even though I was surprised to some extent, I agree with that analysis. I have the habit of focusing more on winning than on performance excellence.

The circumflex also shows that my back up thinking style(s) is dependent and approval. LSI survey result rates me at 91 percentile on both those styles. In way they are both inter-related. I believe those styles certainly are characterized by the following character of preoccupation with the opinions of others and tendency to dictate, rather than guide the actions of others.

2. Limiting thinking style

I reckon that my Approval and Power style are my limiting styles. Those are ones that I believe are the two major styles that will affect my effectiveness mainly as a leader. Some of the characteristics defined within these styles relate to my own. As mentioned earlier I spend a lot of time worrying about the opinion of others. I tend to dictate, rather than guide the actions of others. For example, with my team I have seen myself telling them “what to do” and “how to do” versus just telling them “what to do” and letting them figure out “how to do”. With the Power style I now realize that most people are uncomfortable being open and honest with me because of my abrupt manner. If I prolong this trait I will be alienating people around me and soon become un-approachable. As a leader I feel that people should be able reach out to me and feel comfortable around me. In a leadership position, the need for approval can cause indecisiveness, procrastination, and failure to take action. Looking at the results from the LSI survey, I wish to make few changes like accepting the fact that not everything I do will be met with approval. I will also set a few small goals. Accomplishing them will help me believe in my ability to make positive changes. On the power style I wish to examine the quality of my relationships. Seek feedback on my behavior from neutral sources. I wish to increase my confidence in others by delegating the next assignment to the team member. I will then take an objective look at the time I managed to save by delegating.

Impact on Management Style (Part II)

An effective manager is one who helps others achieve high levels of both performance and satisfaction. Manager’s main function is to help their teams accomplish their goals in timely, high quality and personally satisfying ways. The following 4 functions form...
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