The purpose of this learning log is to understand myself as a leader and a person in a better way based on six quizzes done below. This may not be an absolute and accurate measurement, but are more indicative in nature. Each person is made to think and act differently, so there is nothing right or wrong about the answers. The brief descriptions of the quizzes, my own results and the interpretation and assessment of the tests follows. 1. Rotter’s Locus of Control Locus of control refers to the extend to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them.
The locus of control can be internal or external and the definitions are given below: Internal: People with internal locus believe in their own actions or Karma that determine the events. For example, a person with internal locus of control is more likely to say, “I more strongly believe that promotions are earned through hard work and persistence. ” External: People with external locus believe in fate, chance and luck more than their actions that determine the events.
A person with external locus of control is more likely to say, “I more strongly believe that making a lot of money is largely a matter of getting the right breaks. ” 2. Tolerance fofAmbiguity Intolerance of ambiguity is a tendency to perceive ambiguous situations as sources of threat. People who have low levels of tolerance for ambiguity tend to find unstructured and uncertain situations uncomfortable and want to avoid these situations. Ambiguity can arise from novelty, complexity, and insolubility. Tolerance for ambiguity may be related to personal creativity and ability to produce more ideas during brainstorming.
In that sense, certain level of tolerance of ambiguity may influence the organizational success positively because organizational events are uncertain and unstructured many times and the external parameters that drives the business are uncertain most of the times. The results of each one of these quizzes will be discussed in detail in the next section. The quiz rules and the scores obtained are given in Appendix A. Rotter’s Locus of Control: My score: 14 Interpretation and Explanation: A score above 8 indicates that the person is having an external locus of control.
That indicates that I believe powerful others, fate, chance and luck determine the events more than my own hard work. I believe a combination of both has to be there for a person to succeed. I personally believe that I had a fairly good career growth till now and I know many people with my caliber or even more than that who have not achieved what I have. I am pretty sure that I was at the right place at the right time among the right kind of people without which I would not have achieved this. Many career decisions that I have taken were found to be foolish just after those were taken, but in long term, those were found to be correct.
Of course, my hard work also has gone into making a good career and that internal locus is reflected in my decision to do my MBA. But my success would not have been possible without the positive circumstances that I was in. Tolerance of Ambiguity Scale My score: Interpretation and Explanation: The results indicate that I have less tolerance towards ambiguity. This is quite surprising for others as I am an engineer and I am expected to have more tolerance towards ambiguity. I have found myself involved in many situations which are very ambiguous, but I always try myself to make things as clear as possible before taking any decision.
I have been asked to make estimations and schedules for certain projects which at that point were extremely ambiguous in nature. But to be realistic, I try to gather as much facts and information as possible before making them. One of the reasons for such intolerance could be the high level of politics in my organization which has created an environment of insecurity around me. It is also determined by the tolerance of my management toward ambiguity which I believe is lesser. The results show that I am balanced in introversion and extroversion.
People who are close to me tend to think that I am extrovert, which is not 100% true. I think myself as more introvert than extrovert, which is a weakness than strength considering the conditions that I am working in. I tend to talk a lot about the subjects that I am interested in whereas when the forum looks boring to me, I tend to keep quite which is not right in an organizational perspective. Intuition and sensing: I tend to be more sensing than intuitive which is possibly the creation of circumstances and working environment within our organization.
The sense of ownership and accountability that the organization expects me to take and the balance scorecard used to measure my performance has made me to think practical scenarios and deliver quality as per the detailed requirements. On the flip side, this has stripped me off the ability to see innovative possibilities. Thinking and feeling: My result shows that I am a thinker than feeler, which is true. In terms of my job, I am expected to be a thinker than a feeler. I am logical and analytical, but it may not be correct to say that I always stand firm. In work place, I tend not to show any feelings.
I think this is one of weakness that I am having as some times relationships at workplace are as important as the work itself. Perceiving and Judging: Even though I am balanced in these dimensions as per the results, I tend to be more perceiver than judger looking at the weakness that a perceiver will have. Even though I am open for change and flexible, I tend not to plan things and not to take any firm decisions. I am also easily distracted from tasks. These are areas in which I would like to improve and gain more judging capabilities Strategic thinking assessment My score: 46 Interpretation and Explanation:
The score indicates that I already think strategically. Being with a company with 200 years of history and spanning across 100 countries and still growing, I understand the importance of long-term strategies and assessment of the external and internal environments before making the strategic decisions. The important of vision, values and mission and value addition to the customers are emphasized in my organization. Organizational Politics My score: 14 Interpretation and Explanation: My results show that I have above average tendency to play office politics and a strong need for power.
I tend to play politics when it is not against my hard principles, which again is subjective in nature. I don’t entertain the bosses by flattering them or say, “yes” to whatever the boss says. But I would definitely be interested in cultivating relationships with higher ups with respect to the work that I am doing and try to gain visibility for what I have done. I don’t take advantage of other people’s work. But keeping the visibility is important in my organization where the power distance between my subordinates and me is extremely less.
Team Spirit Assessment My score: 10 Interpretation and Explanation: I have a firm grasp of the essentials of team leadership; bit could be more systematic in some areas. Team leadership is one of the areas in which I see a lot of room for improvement for me. I tend to be more task oriented without giving much importance to building the team spirit, which is a mistake. I understand the importance of being more appreciative of the people in the team and their achievements. I need a lot of improvements in this area.