Management Style Assessment

This assessment helps identify your preferred style of management and can help determine how it effects the level of business success you will receive ( adapted from Marilee Sprenger “The Leadership Brain for Dummies”).

Mark your preference on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 represents never ( you never do this), 2 represents rarely, 3 represents sometimes, 4 often and 5 represents always.

1. Power and control are important to me.
2. I am the expert in all areas of my business.
3. Decision making is shared in my business.
4. I control every aspect of my business.
5. I recognize outstanding achievers in my business.
6. Workers in my business do only what they are told to do.
7. I don’t follow up with my workers, it’s not necessary.
8. When problems occur in my business, I decide how to fix them.
9. I help my workers grow and improve.
10. My workers know their jobs better than I do.
11. Worker input takes too much time.
12. I enjoy being in charge.
13. I appreciate the opinions of my workers.
14. I help my workers achieve their highest potential.
15. I ask for input from my employees.
16. I like to share authority.
17. I don’t tolerate mistakes.
18. I allow workers to help solve problems.
19. I trust my workers.
20. It’s not necessary to talk about the business with workers.

Add your values for statements 1,2,4,6,7,8,11,12,17,and 20 for your Authoritarian score.
Add your values for statements 3,5,9,10,13,14,15,16,18.19 for you Participative score.
Businesses require a mix of both styles. Where is your largest score?  Will this style grow your business?



Listening Styles Assessment

When we communicate, listening is the critical part of any interactions we have with family, colleagues, employees or others. We all “hear” what others are saying but “listening” is a skill that must be developed over time. Understanding the importance of listening and modeling it in your business will promote the growth of your organization. This informal and simplified assessment will give you an awareness of some of your listening preferences. Be honest with your answers, no one will see this but you, and work on any areas that need a little tweaking for your growing business.

Use the scale of 1 to 5 to assess your preferences for each statement.
1-Always 2-Often 3-Sometimes 4-Rarely 5-Never

1. I like to listen to complicated information

2. I can easily tell if someone is pleased or distressed when I listen.

3. I check my watch frequently when my time is limited.

4. I don’t have much patience with people who get off the point when talking.

5. I nod and make eye contact when listening to someone.

6. I get frustrated if the person’s ideas are disorderly.

7. I try to determine how the person is feeling when I listen.

8. Sometimes, I finish the thoughts for the person.

9. I try to pick out errors when the person is speaking.

10. I am involved when listening to the problems of the person.

11. I like facts and evidence.

12. I ask questions to further the conversation.

Several listening styles have been identified by researchers. See “Listening and Leadership: A Study On Their Relationship” by Gregory Rynders.  In this brief exercise we will explore only two: Relationship listening and Critical listening. Relationship listening allows people to open up through support and honesty. Critical listening is when you attempt to analyze what the speaker is saying to determine what you are going to do.

Add your values for questions 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, and 12 for you Relationship listening score.

Add your values for questions 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 11 for your Critical listening score.