Developing a willingness and ability to engage in self-reflection is a critical leadership skill that is not easily learned, yet which reaps many rewards. The Clearer Thinking rationality test enables you to examine your unique way of thinking and how it influences your behavior.
Write a three to five page paper examining and explaining your rationality test results. Make sure to comply with the grading rubric provided. The required page count does not include the title page or table of contents. Hint: The table of contents should include the four topics in the grading rubric.
At the end of the test, it will give you an explanation of your thinking style. You will then analyze and interpret how this affects your management style. Some test even email you your results.
Title of your applied research paper, your name, course number and title, name of professor, and date.
Personal Thinking Styles:
Identify your thinking styles: What are your “primary” (highest percentile score) and “backup” (second highest percentile) personal thinking styles? Discuss how your primary and backup personal styles are manifested in your life and work. Using the style interpretations in the rationality test, describe the styles and give your perceptions about the results. Do you agree or disagree with them and why?
Identify your limiting style: Identify and illustrate one style you think might be working against you to reduce your overall effectiveness. Name the style you have chosen and make a few remarks about why you are choosing this style as limiting your professional effectiveness in organizations.
Select one behavior associated with this style that you think you would like to change and the difference it will make. Be sure to support your interpretation with examples, and so forth.
Rational Test Interpretations: You can have your results emailed to you. However, at the end of the test, it will give you an explanation of your thinking style. You will then analyze and interpret how this affects your management style.
Impact on Management Style:
What impact do your personal styles have on your management style? Explore and assess the impact of your styles on your effectiveness as a manager in terms of the four functions of management, listed below.
If you are currently not a manager, assume you are and predict your effectiveness as such.
Genesis of Personal Style:
Critically evaluate and explain how you developed the thinking styles that were revealed in your rationality test. What role, for example, did family relationships, school, organizational memberships, culture, and so forth, have in shaping your personal style?
Conclusion and Reflection:
Think about your rationality test results and your responses to the above questions. Summarize any concluding comments. Close your paper with a statement of at least one question or goal you hope your work in MGMT591 will help you to address and comment with a few sentences to describe the value of this exercise to your personal and professional development.