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1 Leadership Inventory Reflection SOCW 300

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  1. 1. Running Head: LEADERSHIP INVENTORY 1 Leadership Inventory Lindi Johnson Ball State University
  2. 2. LEADERSHIP INVENTORY 2
  3. 3. LEADERSHIP INVENTORY 3 The Leadership Style Assessment test indicates that there are six types of leaders: Ambassadors, Advocates, People Movers, Truth-Seekers, Creative Builders, and Experienced Guides. The purpose of the assessment is to discover the characteristics of each leadership style that an individual possesses. My scores indicated that out of the six types of leaders, I fit most into the category of an Experienced Guide, with a score of 18 out of 25. My second highest score was a 17 out of 25 in the Creative Builder type, followed by a 16 out of 25 in both the Ambassador and Truth-Seeker types, and lastly a 14 out of 25 in both the Advocate and People Mover types. Overall, I am not surprised that my top two categories were Experienced Guide and Creative Builder after reading the descriptions, nor was I very surprised that I scored the way I did in any of the other categories. I have often found myself to be more of a listener in a group project setting, and contribute only when I think that I have something worthwhile to share. (That is, of course, unless there is a project where I feel very prepared and competent enough to take over as the leader, or if I feel the need to push myself harder). I am very open to what group members have to say, and if there is any conflict over a decision, I want to find a happy medium so that we can continue to work and be successful. I also want to be able to help connect ideas, clarify information, and sort through all the options that we have available to us. In order to do this, I have to listen to the opinion of everyone in the group, including those who do not normally speak up and share their ideas. I have found this is the best way to work together in a group and to achieve success with integrity. When I read the explanation of what an Experienced Guide is, I was able to fit myself into the description and understood why my highest score was in that category.
  4. 4. LEADERSHIP INVENTORY 4 I felt a small amount of excitement when I saw that my second highest score was in the Creative Builder type. I often have several new ideas all at once, and have to sit back and sort through them to determine what is practical or useful and what is not. I love the idea of being able to turn one of my ideas into something real and tangible that will benefit another person or people. I feel the most accomplished when I have set my plans into motion and achieved my goals, and also when I am in a group that is able to work efficiently and be successful in achieving our goals for the project. I am both surprised and not surprised at the fact that my lowest score was in the People Mover type. I think, for the most part, I am able to identify what the strengths and weaknesses of other group members are. However, I am not always the best about keeping up with people unless I absolutely need to be, as in the case of group projects, or when I was on the Leadership Council at my campus church. I am less surprised about scoring low in the Advocate type, however. I do not tend to be the spokesperson of the group unless asked to be or unless the other group members refuse to speak, or if the other group members are even less outspoken than I. As a social worker, I think I will be effective in using my leadership style to work with other social workers to carry out important tasks and make a difference for our clients. I want to guide others by listening to their thoughts and concerns so we can serve our clients in the best way possible. If there is an issue at the agency I will work at in the future, then I may be able to look at the issue and make connections or see other aspects of the issue that others may not have been able to see (Experienced Guide). This skill will improve over time with practice and exercising this skill as I enter my field. Being able to contribute new ideas to an agency will be another important skill, as well as being able to assess whether or not the ideas will be useful to the agency. Making those ideas into a reality could help improve the agency’s functioning and
  5. 5. LEADERSHIP INVENTORY 5 increase benefits for the clients that are served (Creative Builder). Again, this skill will only improve over time. Overall, I was fairly pleased with my results and what they said about my leadership style. They affirmed what I believed about myself and were very encouraging to me. I would like to work on the other areas where I scored lower, but I am excited to have a good description of what my strong suits are. Also, in reading the descriptions of the leadership types that I obtained a high score in, I learned how I might improve myself as a leader and become more effective when I take on leadership roles. I hope that I can take what I learned in this assessment and do an honest evaluation of myself each time I work in a group setting.
  6. 6. LEADERSHIP INVENTORY 6 References Galford, R.M., and Maruca, R.F. (2006). Your leadership style assessment results. Retrieved from http://www.yourleadershiplegacy.com/assessment/assessment.php.

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