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Create and action plan for implementing your preferred leadership style. Respond to the following prompts:
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R04 – Human Relations
Self-Analysis 2 – Group Leadership Preferences
Identify Your Leadership Style In the 12 situations below, select the response (a, b, c, or d) that represents what you would actually do
as the group’s leader.
1. Your group works well together; members are cohesive, with positive norms. They maintain a fairly consistent level of production that is above the organizational average, as long as you continue to provide maintenance behavior. You have a new assignment for them. To accomplish it, you would:
a. Explain what needs to be done and tell them how to do it. Oversee them while they perform the task.
b. Tell the group how pleased you are with their past performance. Explain the new assignment but let them decide how to accomplish it. Be available if they need help.
c. Tell the group what needs to be done. Encourage them to give input on how to do the job. Oversee task performance.
d. Explain to the group what needs to be done. 2. You have been promoted to a new supervisory position. The group appears to have little talent to
do the job, but members do seem to care about the quality of the work they do. The last supervisor was terminated because of the department’s low productivity level. To increase productivity, you would:
a. Let the group know you are aware of its low production level, but let them decide how to improve it.
b. Spend most of your time overseeing group members as they perform their jobs. Train them as needed.
c. Explain to the group that you would like to work together to improve productivity. Work together as a team.
d. Tell the group some ways productivity can be improved. With their ideas, develop methods, and make sure they are implemented.
3. Your department continues to be one of the top performers in the organization. It works well as a
team. In the past, you generally let members take care of the work on their own. You decide to: a. Go around encouraging group members on a regular basis. b. Define members’ roles and spend more time overseeing performance. c. Continue things the way they are; let them alone. d. Hold a meeting. Recommend ways to improve and get members’ ideas as well. After
agreeing on changes, oversee the group to make sure it implements the new ideas and does improve.
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4. You have spent much of the past year training your employees. However, they do not need as much of your time to oversee production as they used to. Several group members no longer get along as well as they did in the past. You’ve played referee lately. You:
a. Have a group meeting to discuss ways to increase performance. Let the group decide what changes to make. Be supportive.
b. Continue things the way they are now. Supervise them closely and be the referee when needed.
c. Let the members alone to work things out for themselves. d. Continue to supervise closely as needed, but spend more time playing maintenance roles;
develop a team spirit. 5. Your department has been doing such a great job that it has grown in numbers. You are surprised
at how fast the new members were integrated. The team continues to come up with ways to improve performance on its own. As a result of the growth, your department will be moving to a new, larger location. You decide to:
a. Design the new layout and present it to the group to see if they can improve it. b. In essence, become a group member and allow the group to design the new layout. c. Design the new layout and put a copy on the bulletin board so employees know where to
report for work after the move. d. Hold a meeting to get employee ideas on the layout of the new location. After the
meeting, think about it and finalize the layout. 6. You are appointed to head a task group. Because of the death of a relative, you had to miss the
first meeting. At the second meeting, the group seems to have developed objectives and some ground rules. Members have volunteered for assignments that have to be accomplished. You:
a. Take over as a strong leader. Change some ground rules and assignments. b. Review what has been done so far and keep things as is. However, take charge and
provide clear direction from now on. c. Take over the leadership but allow the group to make the decisions. Be supportive and
encourage them. d. Seeing that the group is doing so well, leave and do not attend any more meetings. 7. Your group was working at, or just below, standard. However, there has been a conflict within the
group. As a result, production is behind schedule. You: a. Tell the group how to resolve the conflict. Then closely supervise to make sure your plan
is followed and production increases. b. Let the group work it out. c. Hold a meeting to work as a team to come up with a solution. Encourage the group to
work together. d. Hold a meeting to present a way to resolve the conflict. Sell the members on its merits,
include their input, and follow up.
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8. The organization has allowed flextime. Two of your employees have asked if they could change work hours. You are concerned because all busy work hours need adequate coverage. The department is very cohesive, with positive norms. You decide to:
a. Tell them things are going well; keep things as they are now. b. Hold a department meeting to get everyone’s input; then reschedule members’ hours. c. Hold a department meeting to get everyone’s input; then reschedule members’ hours on
a trial basis. Tell the group that if there is any drop in productivity, you will go back to the old schedule.
d. Tell them to hold a department meeting. If the department agrees to have at least three people on the job during the busy hours, they can make changes, giving you a copy of the new schedule.
9. You have arrived 10 minutes late for a department meeting. Your employees are discussing the
latest assignment. This surprises you because, in the past, you had to provide clear direction and employees rarely would say anything. You:
a. Take control immediately and provide your usual direction. b. Say nothing and just sit back. c. Encourage the group to continue, but also provide direction. d. Thank the group for starting without you, and encourage them to continue. Support their
efforts. 10. Your department is consistently very productive. However, occasionally, the members fool
around, and someone has an accident. There has never been a serious injury. You hear a noise and go to see what it was. From a distance you can see Sue sitting on the floor, laughing, with a ball made from company material in her hand. You:
a. Say and do nothing. After all, she’s OK, and the department is very productive; you don’t
want to make waves. b. Call the group together and ask for suggestions on how to keep accidents from recurring.
Tell them you will be checking up on them to make sure the fooling around does not continue.
c. Call the group together and discuss the situation. Encourage them to be more careful in the future.
d. Tell the group that from now on, you will be checking up on them regularly. Bring Sue to your office and discipline her.
11. You are at the first meeting of an ad hoc committee you are leading. Most of the members are
second- and third-level managers from marketing and financial areas; you are a supervisor from production. You decide to start by:
a. Working on developing relationships. Get everyone to feel as though they know each other before you talk about business.
b. Going over the group’s purpose and the authority it has. Provide clear directives. c. Asking the group to define its purpose. Because most of the members are higher-level
managers, let them provide the leadership. d. Providing both direction and encouragement. Give directives and thank people for their
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12. Your department has done a great job in the past. It is now getting a new computer, somewhat different from the old one. You have been trained to operate the computer, and you are expected to train your employees to operate it. To train them, you:
a. Give the group instructions. Work with them individually, providing direction and encouragement.
b. Get the group together to decide how they want to be instructed. Be very supportive of their efforts to learn.
c. Tell them it’s a simple system. Give them a copy of the manual and have them study it on their own.
d. Give the group instructions. Then go around and supervise their work closely, giving additional instructions as needed.
Calculate Your Score – Determine Your Group Leadership Style(s)
To determine your preferred group leadership style, in the table below, circle the letter you selected in
situations 1 through 12. The column headings indicate the style you selected.
Autocratic (S-A) Consultative (S-C) Participative (S-P) Laissez-faire (S-L)
1. a c b d
2. b d c a
3. b d a c
4. b d a c
5. c a d b
6. a b c d
7. a d c b
8. a c b d
9. a c d b
10. d b a c
11. b d a c
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12. d a b c
Add the number of circled items per column. The total for all four columns should equal 12. The column
with the highest number represents your preferred group leadership style. There is no one best style in
The more evenly distributed the numbers are among the four styles, the more flexible you are at leading
groups. A total of 0 or 1 in any column may indicate a reluctance to use that style. You could have
problems in situations calling for that style.
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