Test 8. Leadership skills: decisiveness of the manager

published in: Leadership inventory

07 Apr
2010

In my first serious job, back in 1996, I had a very indecisive manager. When a business dispute arose, he usually postponed his decision indefinitely. His purpose was not to create any tension between us, the employees. He wanted peace and quiet in the company at any price. The price that we paid was reduced productivity and efficiency. One year after the company exceeds 15 persons, the owners asked him to leave.

In some convention we may say that the damage from the manager's indecision is directly proportional to the number of his subordinates. If in a team of three, indecision has modest negative impact, in a company of 33 that same indecision causes organizational inefficiency (chaos).



But let’s return to the test 8. Leadership skills: decisiveness of the manager. Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no."

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  1. Do you adapt quickly to a new team?

  2. Do you easily adapt to new rules and requirements at your workplace, to a new style of work, significantly different from normal for you?

  3. If you are offered a better paid position in another company – are you taking it without hesitation?

  4. Are you able to express your view publicly - even if you know that it is contrary to the opinion of the superior manager?

  5. Are you inclined to deny your fault and find an appropriate excuse?

  6. When you read someone's work (as your duty or someone’s request) and its content is true, but the style is the type you do not like, do you fix the text and insist it to be amended in accordance with your proposal?

  7. As a result of serious discussion, are you able to change your initial view on the issue?

  8. Do you explain your real reasons for a rejection without mitigating your sentences or hiding key circumstances?

  9. Can you modify your decision as a result of charming negotiator’s efforts?

  10. If you see an item in a shop that you like very much, do you buy it even if you do not need it?

  11. Do you always keep your promises?

  12. Do you plan your vacation in advance, without relying on coincidence?

 

Points calculation:


Question
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
 
Yes
4
3
2
3
0
2
3
2
0
0
3
1
No
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
3
2
0
0

 

Interpretations to the test 8. Leadership skills: decisiveness of the manager


0 to 9 points.
You are a very indecisive person. You feel calm when you able to transfer the decision on others. Prior binding to a position, you investigate too long and often provide half-solutions. On company meetings you are usually silent, although in informal and non-binding talks you are chatty and pleasant interlocutor. This fear to assert a position hampers collaboration and partnership with you. Your hesitation significantly reduces your effectiveness.

10 to 18 points.
You are taking decisions very carefully. You feel hesitation, doubt, desire for coordination with the supervisor, although the solution is in your authority and abilities. You do not trust enough your own judgement.
19 to 28 points.
You are decisive enough. You solve issues quickly and often correct. You make mistakes, but you acknowledge them and take measures to eliminate them. Continue to rely on your abilities, but do not neglect others’ advices! Try always to be objective!

29 to 32 points
Hesitation is completely unknown to you. You consider yourself competent in almost all issues. You feel flattered at others’ qualifications that you are strong-willed and decisive person. Because your subconscious is trying to keep that image, you often reject others’ reasonable proposals. That faith in your infallibility is a serious flaw. Instinctively you restrain the initiative in your subordinates and nurture their indecision. Over the years, you surround yourself passive dutiful employees. And there's no one to continue your cause when you step down. You threatened the future of the department / company you run. You must immediately change your man
agement style!

  

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