After taking the Life Style Inventory (LSI) assessment, I have come to realized of the underlying thought patterns that guide an individual’s behavior. This quality of an individual’s thinking and behavior contributes greatly to that person’s work performance. Part I - Personal Thinking Styles
My primary thinking style is Self-actualizing and I can totally see myself through the description of this thinking style. The self-actualizing thinkers are characterized by an unusual high acceptance of self, others and situations “as they are.” They have a strong interest in working to become everything they are capable of being. They have a sense of self-worth, a strong curiosity about people and things, and an acute awareness of both their own and other’s feelings. Self-actualized people are freed from the belief that self-worth must be approved or recognized by others. Self-actualized thinkers are motivated by their own values and beliefs rather than getting those from an external source.
While trying to determine my back up thinking style, I realized that I have the same score on both Affiliative and Conventional but I think I’m more Conventional so I will choose it as my backup thinking style. I can see myself when reading about the description of a Conventional thinker. The Conventional style represents a preoccupation with adhering to rules and established procedures, maintaining a low profile, and “blending in” with the environment to avoid attention. Although the conventional people are considered responsible and reliable, their need for maintaining the status quo can reduce their creativity and level of achievement.
I believe that my limiting style is Perfectionistic because it would work against me and limit my effectiveness. According the LSI website, people with this thinking style feel a driven need to be seen by others as perfect which is different from the act of perfecting something and the concept of perfectionism. I tend to see my ability to accomplish the task as a measure of self-worth. However, there are other things addressed by this thinking style that I can relate to. When working with others, I tend to have high demands on them as well. Sometimes I feel that people are motivated by being pushed by my expectation but in other times I see that it gives them pressure. So I am still working on this area to balance the energy in order have the best outcome when I work in groups.
Part II – Impact on Management Style
In recognizing my personal thinking styles I can see the impact of such way of thinking on my management style. a.
Planning – When it comes to planning, I think that my Perfectionistic value would do much harm than good. According to the Perfectionistic’s trait, I am too concerned with details that will lead to producing overly systematic goals and plans, which they formulate without staff involvement. In addition, being too perfectionistic, I tend to oversee all aspects of a project and get lost in details and lose sight of what need to be accomplished. This is totally true for me because I often get caught being stressed out about small problem/details and forgot about the bigger objectives.
Organizing – Understanding that Conventional is my backup thinking style, I understand that my managing style tend to stick with doing things “by the book” and strictly adhering to rules and policy. So, I’m aware that this approach would create a predictable work environment and that it discourages innovate thinking. Because I am typically concerned with doing exactly what is expected, I won’t be able to motivate subordinates to set goals and improve their performance. In a sense, being conventional is a trade off for creativity and spontaneity for feelings of security. My tendency to hide behind regulations and procedures can involve discounting my own beliefs and opinions.
Leading – When it comes to leading, I’m fully aware of my advantages...
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