The Life Style Inventory (LSI) assessment measures 12 styles of thinking. By studying results on these 12 styles of thinking one can determine leadership effectiveness of an individual. I took this assessment and will be discussing various topics about my assessment including personal thinking styles, impact on management style and genesis of personal styles. PERSONAL THINKING STYLES
Primary and Back-Up Styles
My primary style or the style with the highest percentile as shown by the LSI assessment is oppositional. A person with an oppositional style is aggressive and defensive when dealing with people. They ask the hard questions, but sometimes use it to make someone else feel bad. These people make others feel uncomfortable by being critical and cynical. Another aspect of the oppositional style is that the person can seem detached from people as they are constantly pushing people away. They are also stubborn and will not let go of a wrong.
This describes me, but I do not believe that it describes me to the extent that the LSI assessment measures it. It says I am in the 96th percentile, which means almost everyone else is less oppositional than I am. I must agree that I can be argumentative, but I feel that is mostly in my personal life. I get especially argumentative when talking about sports or politics, but not when it comes to work. Although when I get something in my head, I am slow to let it go. I am stubborn and some of that could affect my score for being oppositional.
My backup style or the style with the second highest percentile as shown by my assessment is dependent. A person with dependent style feels that everything they do counts for nothing. Dependent people feel that they do not have control over anything, including their life. These people have a difficult time trusting their own judgment. These people do not take action without help and are passive in their decision making. This style can be permanent or temporary. Life changes, such as a new job or a broken relationship, can affect this style causing behavior that is not permanent.
This assessment could be skewed as I started a new job in a new field a little over a year ago and most people say it takes a full year to two years to feel real comfortable with everything going on. By being new I can be easily swayed from lack of experience. Sometimes I do have a passive attitude and just go with the flow, but I feel that I stand by my own beliefs and think for myself. I believe that I should have been in the medium-low to low range and not the high range. Limiting Style
I feel that the style that is limiting my organizational effectiveness is avoidance. I feel that this is one of the few styles that accurately describes who I am. I have a fear of failure and I focus on the things that I cannot do. I dwell on my mistakes and do not let them go and learn from them. I know that I have plenty of strengths but I do not allow them to come out and I avoid showing them for fear of failure. Without showing these strengths I will not be able to grow within my organization.
I would like to change my fear of failure. If I were able to beat this behavior it would open up so much more. I may be able to do my job more effectively if I did not worry about failing. I would not waste time on looking things up that I already know how to do. I just need to get rid of the fear of failure and have more faith in my strengths. This would increase my effectiveness within the organization by not taking so much time to do simple things. I would then be able to do more complex tasks for the organization and grow the organization. IMPACT ON MANAGEMENT STYLE
Even though I am not currently a manager, I need to change my personal styles so that I will be an effective manager when I become one. Based on the LSI assessment these styles will have varying effects on the effectiveness of planning, organizing, leading and...