Organisational Behaviour 550
Semester 1 2013
2. Self-Assessment using Self-Assessment Exercise
3. Overview of relevant literature
4. Applications and limitations
The science of categorising behavioural style started with the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates in 400 BC who recognised that we could be described as fitting into one of four temperament styles. This century, behavioural theory has been used to develop self-assessment tests that aim to provide an insight into our behavioural tendencies.
Over the past twenty years organisations have espoused these self-assessment instruments into their human resources tool kit(De Dreu et al. 2001). Over the last two decades I have predominantly worked in a team oriented environment within the construction industry. I have had roles that required me to both lead and follow the lead of others. In my experience I have seen examples of teams working well together and teams not working well together.
I feel as though good team dynamics at work are recognisable and intuitive beyond any theoretical explanation. This is the first time I have ever considered the behavioural aspects of team dynamics and how my personality factors in. Personality cohesion is essential to the effectiveness and efficiency of a team.
The purpose of this report is to better understand myself and others in a work team context, by exploring self-assessment tools and reflecting on the relevant literature I hope to discover more about my potential as a leader. 2. Self-Assessment using Self-Assessment Exercise
The self-assessment tools I selected were:
1. DiSC Personal Profile System
The DiSC behaviour model is based on research by William Moulton Marston, in his book Emotions of Normal People. The word DiSC is an acronym of the four primary dimensions of behaviour as described by Marsden: * Dominance
THE DiSC assessment tool is currently used in my workplace to assist management in developing effective work teams and also to help individuals improve their relationship and communication skills. I chose the DiSC test because I am interested in developing my own self-awareness. It is important to note that I was asked to answer the question (Assessment input) within the context of my current role and to reflect on the results in terms of that role.
I found the results of this test to be informative. There were three different stages to the results of the test. The first result identified that my own strength was in Steadiness, I was provided with descriptions based on how the behavioural dimension of Steadiness is characterised. The second stage to the DiSC test was the dimensional intensity index, indicating numerically the scale to which I was awarded within the context of each of the behavioural dimension. Thirdly, the last stage of the test was related to a classic profile pattern, integrating my results from the four different behavioural dimension intensity indices and placing me into one of eighteen different classic profile patterns.
I think the classic profile pattern attributed to me (practitioner) is accurate for my current role as I am currently employed as a technical officer. For example, I value proficiency in a specialised area; I’m motivated by being good at something; I have unrealistic expectations of others at times. It came as a surprise that the test indicated my goals were personal growth and that I fear not being recognised as an expert.
2. Dutch Test for Conflict Handling
I chose this test because I believe the way we handle conflict in the workplace has a significant impact on how effective we are in our role within the organisation. I was interested in finding out about how I handle conflict in the workplace so I could look to improving or...
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