My primary leadership style. Skills Inventory test
What is your primary leadership style (from Primal Leadership)? How do you need to adjust to your team?
A: I use all leadership styles, it all depends on the situation. Out of visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, and commanding styles, the style I use the least would be coaching style, the style I use the most would be visionary style. I tend to look ahead at about every issue that I encounter, sometimes this is many years ahead like my retirement, and with that I form goals. After looking ahead I come up with a vision on how to achieve a certain goal, it is usually a plan that I keep in my head or write down on paper and then I communicate this plan to employees or family members. Visionary leaders help people to see how their work fits into the big picture, lending people a clear sense not just that what they do matters, but also why (Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, 2004). I also like to teach others and share which is a positive in visionary style. Some managers might have the misimpression that withholding information gives them power, visionary leaders understand that distributing knowledge is the secret to success, as a result, they share it openly and in large doses (Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, 2004).
The area that I will need to adjust in my team is to give freedom to others in innovating, experimenting, and taking risks. Visionary leaders articulate where a group is going, but not how it will get there – setting people free to innovate, experiment, and take calculated risks (Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, 2004). I need to learn to trust others more after I get to know them in getting a job done. I can also motivate in using a visionary leadership style. By continually reminding people of the larger purpose of their work, the visionary leader lends a grand meaning to otherwise workaday, mundane tasks (Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, 2004).
Complete the LTQ exercise and Skills inventory and discuss your results here in the Leadership Assignments Journal.
A: After completing the LTQ questionnaire and than allowing others to complete it for me I was a little surprised with the results. On the articulate, perceptive, self-confident, dependable, friendly, outgoing, conscientious, diligent, sensitive, and empathetic scores, I scored myself similarly to what others scored me. But for the self-assured, persistent, determined, and trustworthy others have scored me much lower especially for determined. I will need to work on these four traits, even though it will not be easy, to improve them in order to be a better leader.
After completing the Skills Inventory I was not surprised that I scored the highest in the technical skill with 25 points. That is because I have been working in the technical field for several years. For both the human and conceptual skills I received 23 points, which is not to far from the technical skill. The area that I would fit best in is the supervisory management role. As I get older I will most likely start falling behind with technical skills and will be become better at human and conceptual skills. If this happens than I would be able to move into the middle and top management positions.
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