What's My Leadership Style Theoretical Background

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The theory behind What’s My Leadership Style is based on the proven personality theories of Marston and Jung, the model identifies two basic dimensions of personal style:  Assertiveness and Expressiveness. Assertiveness is the effort a person makes to influence or control the thoughts or actions of others. Expressiveness is the effort that a person makes to control his or her emotions and feelings when relating to others. Combining the two dimensions results in a four-quadrant model with four unique personal styles:  Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic. The simplicity of the model makes it is easier for you to facilitate and easily remembered by your participants. You will find the model is quickly picked up by learners and integrated back on the job.

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Using Leadership Style to get others to follow

A management development and leadership style assessment that identifies leadership style and helps organisational leaders, managers, and supervisors improve performance and become effective leaders. 

Part of the best-selling HRDQ Style Series, What's My Leadership Style is a validated assessment that quickly and accurately identifies a preference for one of four behavioural patterns based on measures of assertiveness and expressiveness: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, or Systematic.

With increased awareness of their personal style and a practical mental framework to build upon, aspiring leaders can assess and adjust their own actions, interpret the behaviour of others, and improve their ability to win hearts and minds in any situation calling for effective leadership.

What's My Leadership Style starts with a leadership style assessment in which individuals are given 20 pairs of actions relating to leadership behaviour. With a limit of 5 points, assessment-takers distribute points between the two actions in each pair - indicating the degree to which they prefer either action when acting as a leader. The result of scoring the assessment is the identification of one's preferred leadership style: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, or Systematic. Completing the assessment requires approximately 10 minutes.

After the leadership style assessment has been scored, we recommend you allow approximately 1 hour for interpretation of scores, topic discussion, debrief, and action planning. The Facilitator Guide also offers an easy-to-follow workshop outline that expands What's My Leadership Style into a 2-hour programme.

Learning Outcomes

• Identify personal leadership style
• Learn how to capitalise on style strengths
• Discover how to minimise style trouble spots
• Learn how to 'flex' personal style to interact most effectively with others.

 

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AUTHOR HRDQ Research & Development Team