There are three different areas in which we completed surveys; relationships with employees, relationships with colleagues, and relationships with supervisors. I was not surprised at where I ended up on the three sections. My relationships with employees and colleagues fell into Type D, while my relationship with my supervisor fell into Type B. I believe that I have a great working relationship with my employees and my colleagues. I am extremely open for suggestions and thoughts from colleagues and employees. This is what I interpreted as the "Ideal Window". This reflects a high degree of trust in the group or in any important relationship. I feel like I have an excellent working relationship with my employees and colleagues because I not only give factual information, but also feelings, wants, needs, desires, and allow myself to be open to criticisms and where I am coming from a personal level. The size of my arena is not too large where I loose control over what I want them to know about my, but I am open enough when there is minimal defensiveness. I facilitate a group setting where giving and receiving feedback is welcome. I believe that due to my openness, other group members do not need to interpret more personal meanings into my behavior. As in any organization communication plays a very important role in their success. Leaders must create an environment that creates trust and the sharing of information. Productivity and interpersonal effectiveness are directly related to the amount of equally held information. The larger the arena becomes, the more rewarding, effective, and productive the relationship will be. I think the trick to keeping a Type D management style, is to not open your arena too much where you leave nothing personal. There are personal aspects to your life that you should not share with people because it can interfere with daily work activities and could create a perception of you that you may not want.
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