The LSI is a self-assessment tool designed to give oneself insightful aspects into their own thinking and behavior. This circumplex has given me remarkable details about myself that I had not thought of or considered as my strengths and was pleased to find that I’m predominantly a “Blue”- coincidentally, my favorite color- which really made me appreciate my inner thought processes and how they define my personal and professional (P&P) styles. I firmly believe the quality of my thinking and behavior strongly affects my performance in a professional environment. Similarly, finding out more about my weak areas under the Yellow zone- Passive/Defensive styles and areas of improvement under the Blue Zone-Constructive style have given me much food for thought in order to further develop my P&P styles in the way I want/aspire to.
My strong takeaways from this exercise and the path that I want to journey through life is to continue to be a people-oriented person, which are my key strengths, and to build upon them by limiting my “Dependent” style which will truly enable me to be a better/effective person and leader.
My personal vision is to have a meaningful life for myself and others who I come across. This was something that I read extensively about one of the most powerful executives in the world, Google CEO-Sundar Pichai, who for me, is a model leader/person who places great impetus on his co-workers’ achievements.
It’s important to me to have a career that incorporates such thinking, including constant learning and improvement for myself, but one that also creates an atmosphere of pleasurable learning and improvement for others. I want to work with and around people, and it would be nice if they liked me; but it’s even more important to me that they feel that I have helped them in one way or another. Its not essential that help is only via a good deed, but through an act of kindness or thoughtfulness or some wisdom of mine has touched them.
My primary thinking style is “Affiliative” (38 points) under the Constructive ‘Other’ style subset. My “Humanistic-Encouraging” style (35 points) is my second strongest style aspect under the same subset; while a close third is the “Self-Actualizing” (34 points) under the ‘Self’ Constructive style. Other high scoring areas of mine is under the “Dependent” (21 points) style. The areas which I would like to improve over the Fall Term would primarily be to limit my “Dependent” style as it affects both my Affiliative and Humanistic-Encouraging styles. Dependency also reflects a tendency of over-reliance on others for direction and assistance which ultimately defeats the purpose of my leadership aspirations. I would certainly not want to doubt myself while decision making and be overtly sensitive to people’s feelings through those decisions since I do realize that I get affected like the above instance in a personal or even professional set up.
As one-half of the bowtie along with Dependency, my “Achievement” style is something that I would like to further push to the highest level. This is certainly one area of equal importance for improvement since I believe I can be a ‘Great’ leader rather than just a ‘Good’ one, if I can become more Achievement-oriented. The classic example would be this very assignment, which I have left till the very end to complete. I want to make goal-setting a habit and finish my projects well before the hard deadline. Only by setting the standards high can I leave a lasting impression as a leader. Furthermore, I have always been a risk-averse person and have built a career in Credit Risk perhaps owing to this trait. Although, I do realize that I will have to take some moderate risks and a one or two sizable risks in life and my career to achieve beyond the ordinary.
The third and final area that I would like to work on would be to maximize my “Self-Actualizing” style. I have always tried to foster a healthy outlook towards life and feel that this thought process has positively influenced my personal development, relationships and professional effectiveness. I tend to not judge people, love to do the things that I enjoy regularly and also see problems as life lessons and not just a means to failure. However, the single biggest step that I would like to take to improve upon this trait would be finding new ways of doing unpleasant tasks. These tasks end up being hastily done at a time of urgency or need and I would like to fix that by finding more enjoyable/stealthy ways of doing them.