Life Style Inventory
MGMT-591 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Prof. Romuald Stone
Personal Thinking Style
While participating in the LSI survey, I found that my primary personal thinking styles are conventional and oppositional, ranking a 94% in both. According to the LSI scale, conventional measures our tendency to act in a conforming way. Oppositional measures our tendency to use the defensive and aggressive strategy of disagreeing with others, and to seek attention by being critical and cynical. My backup thinking styles are power and affiliative, ranking a 93% in both. According to LSI scale, power measures our tendency to associate our self-worth with the degree to which we can control and dominate others. Affiliative measures our degree of commitment to forming and sustaining satisfying relationships. Primary Thinking Style
Determining your personal thinking style can be a bit challenging because it is such raw material. However, I can agree that I do carry some characteristics of being conventional and oppositional. In my personal life, sad to admit, I can come off as being negative in different situations. I can recall one particular situation that actually bothers me still today. A friend of mine called me to tell me she was giving a speech at a high school graduation and she was so happy to be able to give back to the community we grew up in. I particularly remember replying with “the kids will not listen to you, they can’t be helped”. She immediately got upset with me because she didn’t understand why I would have such a negative response to something so positive. I didn’t want it to come off as being jealous of her opportunity but I tend to say what’s on my mind before thinking about how I would make someone else feel. Considering I still hold that conventional characteristic, I felt the need to explain myself because I did respect how she felt about me hurting her feelings. I like to avoid conflict at all cost so I apologized to her. One of the things that stick out to me is per LSI website under 12 LSI lifestyles one of the descriptions of a conventional person is being too concerned with looking good. I would have to say that this is very true. In this very situation, I was very concerned with upholding my reputation so I had to make sure my friend understood my viewpoint. In my work life, I would have to also agree that I carry these two characteristics. My manager once told me I needed to read a book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. He refused to tell me what it was about and said that he suggest I read it. I really wanted to know what this book was about so I decided to research it. I did not read it but I did realize that it was a book about being positive. What I took away from it is was “what you put into the universe is what you get out of it”. I asked him why he wanted me to know that and he said I tend to have a negative outlook on all of his feedback. This explains my oppositional way of thinking. He noticed that I will take what he says into consideration, but not easily. I always make a comment in regards to why I may not be able to complete the task. It was until now that I realized why although I have a negative outlook on things he still comes to me to do difficult task. Per LSI my conventional characteristic shows that I like to be recognized by superior. This is so true for me because no matter the issue I like to go above and beyond to complete it so that I can have a good reputation.
Backup Thinking Style
After taking a personal look into my primary thinking styles it is no surprise what my backup thinking styles are. I can definitely agree that my backup thinking styles are power and affiliative. In my personal life, I also have to be in control. I have always been called bossy and some people like to relate it to my sign as being a Leo....
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