Leadership Improvement Plan

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The Leadership Improvement Plan is an excellent tool to utilize as a self-assessment plan for the manager of the future. An individual can assess or evaluate his or her strengths and deficiencies that would aid him or her in transforming themselves into the ideal manager in the future. In completing the self-assessments provided with the book, I ensured that I completed all of them so that I could receive a well-rounded analysis of my personality and my leadership potential. I took the liberty of approaching the Leadership Improvement Plan as I would a SWOT analysis of my organization. I ensured that I employed Porter's SWOT analysis to every aspect of my assessment. Typically, SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. A key to an effective SWOT analysis involves being realistic about your company's strengths and weaknesses, analysis should distinguish between where your organization is today, and where it could be in the future. I avoided grey areas, always analyzed my current status in relation to my ideal vision of a manager in the pharmaceutical industry i.e. better than or worse than the ideal. I attempted to keep the analysis short and simple and ensured that the Leadership Improvement Process just like the SWOT process should avoid complexity and over analysis and that it is subjective.

In the future, I aspire to be in a leadership position in the pharmaceutical industry that actively enhances and promotes quality and compliance while ensuring that business objectives are met and exceeded. Some of the qualities required to be successful in this position are ethical decision making, ability to handle multiple projects at once, coping with change and adversity. Some of the weaknesses I have viewed in my managers are not being emotionally receptive, indecisiveness burnout and miscommunication in their directives and initiatives.

AM I A TYPE A?

In the assessment entitled, 'Am I a Type A?' the degree to which an individual is competitive and rushed for time is evaluated. The Type A personality describes an individual who is aggressively involved in continuous struggle to achieve more in less time (Robbins, 2004). Type A's are always moving, talking, and eating rapidly, feeling exasperated with the speed of most events, attempting to do multiple things at once, not coping well with leisure time, being obsessed with numbers, measuring their success in terms of how many or how much of everything they require (Robbins, 2004). Type B's are the complete opposites of Type A's.

I was evaluated as an A+ personality type as my score was among those who score 120 points or higher. Individuals who score less than 90 are Type Bs. As an A+ personality type, I need to be aware of my tendency to value quantity over quality. According to the assessment, I may perform better in jobs that are routine and depend on speed rather than creative ability for success. In addition, Type A's such as me often experience moderate to high levels of stress. My strength is that I can wrap up multiple projects at once. However, the quality of my project routinely may not fully meet the requirements or result in dissatisfaction among the end users or customers.

As a Type A+, I need to carefully plan or outline all aspects of the project and set realistic timelines and milestones that focus more on the quality of the product produced and the process involved. Rather than rushing through the projects and meeting the deadline, I should learn to set my own pace so that I may be able to enjoy my leisure time as well. I would like to remedy some aspects of my A+ personality that I deem to be undesirable such as always moving, walking and eating rapidly and striving to do multiple tasks at once.

THE JUNG-MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR (MBTI)

In the 'The Jung-Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment', a personality test is provided that measures how people behave in different situations by asking them to respond with...
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