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. b. 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. c. Leading – When it comes to leading, I’m fully aware of my advantages regarding my ways of thinking.
Being self-actualized, I am able to see possibilities and opportunities in most situations.As a manager with high self-actualization, I tend to select creative and unconventional staff members. I will balance concern for getting the job done with consideration for people and their needs. d.
Controlling – With the trait of a self-actualizing manager, I always have confidence in myself and my ability to make things better. Sometimes, when that confidence is mixed up with my perfectionistic value, I feel that things won’t get done “correctly” unless I do them myself – that will discourage self-directedness in staff members.However, I need to watch out for my tendency to expect too much from my subordinates, which might cause them to see me as rigid and demanding. Part III – Genesis of Personal Styles To reflect the above description about my thinking styles with my personal life, I recognize that I always have a strong curiosity about things, people, and how they all work. This curiosity is always present throughout my life and it is what leads me to my career in IT. I concern very much about self-development because my dad used to always tell me that a person needs to grow and become better with time.
Since I was a kid, I always wanted to know how those battery powered toys work so I opened them up, learn about the internal mechanism and make something else out of the parts inside those toys. When I got older, I was interested about how computer technology which then grow into a commitment to get a degree in Information System. My curiosity is still running wildly today with the urge to learn about the universe, how does it work, and where human came from. I don’t see the need to be approved or recognized by others in order to feel that I’m self-worthy. Personally, I like to be included wherever I go and do not want to be left out.
I always try to achieve a sense of belonging at work, at school, or whatever organization or group that I would likely to be in. Whenever I’m in a room of crowd, I always prefer showing up without much attention, sitting from the back, and listen quietly. I behave in that way not because I just don’t want to be seen but I want to listen and learn about the crowd and situation before I say anything. Though I try to blend in most of the time, I do not really agree with the LSI’s description on Conventional thinker that they lack originality because I’m totally the opposite of that.
Though I try to by “low key” at the beginning, my true original self would come out in time. I believe that I developed this thinking style from the influence of my dad because he always said “When you talk a lot, you have more chances to say something wrong. It’s best to listen quietly and say something right once in a while.
” I think that my parents’ high expectancy in myself had leaded me to be the perfectionistic thinker I am today. Since first grade, I am always expected to be at the top of my class and I always get a nice toy as the result for being so.In contrast, I would get some criticism if I am any less than top. So I always tried my best to be at the top of the class which I was for most of the time. I enjoyed the rewards and hated the criticism and those had been the drive for me to become a perfectionist.
Part IV – Conclusion and Reflection From this assignment, I learned that I need to focus on taking advantage my constructive thinking style, balance my passive/defensive thinking style, and limit or improve my aggressive/defensive style in order to maximize my potential personally, academically, and professionally.With my strength in self-actualizing, I should focus on maintaining a healthy sense of self-worth because that is my main source for motivation. Motivation is the main drive for self-efficacy and I will need it to keep my performance up. In addition, feeling self-worthy and satisfied is a way to insulate myself from stress. Because of my tendency for being conventional, I realized that I favor too much in enforcement and procedures which will discourage innovative thinking. I should watch out and keep my conventional level in balance with my self-actualizing level.While self-actualizing is characterized as inner-directed or guided by own beliefs or value, conventional style is characterized as outer-directed, or guided by established procedure. I need to balance the two in order to fully utilize the inner and outer energy.
With that being said, I should do things to become less conventional and focus on my own unique strengths and skills in order to appreciate the things that make me different from others. I understand that my perfectionistic value can do me more harm than good ecause I know that I get stressed out when being perfectionistic. I should focus on recognizing that my drive to be perfect is self-defeating and that it is rooted in my basic values about life. One way of doing so is to alter my standards in some activity, just to see how the results differ. Lowing my expectation in order to allow me perform the task more effectively and gain satisfaction from doing it.
Reducing my unrealistic standards and free myself up to plunge right in and get going.