Change Implementation Techniques for Forming Transitional Team, Creating Alignment, Maximizing Connectedness and Creativity

Technique 3.13 Your Style as a Manager

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Answer the questions by circling a number.

If the statement on the left side is always true and the statement on the right is never true, circle 1. Circle 7 if the statement on the right of the page is always true and the statement on the left is not. Circle 4 if both statements are equally true.

If a statement is more often true, but not always, circle a number in between.

When I have a problem.

I try to solve it myself I get help from others

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

If somebody is doing something and I think I know a better way.

I tell them to do it differently I suggest other ways

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Before making a decision.

I consider it carefully I seek inputs from others

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

When people make mistakes.

I come down hard on them I help them learn what went wrong

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

The most important motivator for my group.

Pleasing me Doing the job well

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

When I learn new information that affects the group.

I make the necessary adjustments I share it as soon as possible

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

The group works best when I.

Tell people what to do Help people work together

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

When I'm around.

I worry about things getting done I feel confident the team is doing what needs to be done

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

When it comes down to the wire.

I am responsible for our results Everyone feels responsible for our results

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

When there are assignments and schedules.

It's easier for me to do them I have people do them together

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

When reporting to outside groups and top management.

I do the reporting I share reporting with other team


1 2 3 4 5 6 7

When there is bad news or a problem.

I have to discover it myself My team members let me know quickly

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Understanding your scores

Add up all the numbers circled

- scores below 24 indicate a directive style

- scores above 60 indicate a collaborative style

- scores between 25 and 60 indicate a mixed or flexible style

(source: Cynthia Scott et al, 1991)

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