Life Styles Inventory
Length: 1505 words (4.3 double-spaced pages)
Taking the Life Styles Inventory (LSI) survey has really made me realized and confirm many things or styles that I've already knew about myself. On the Life Styles Inventory survey, I scored very high on the "Perfectionist", "Conventional", "Power" and "Competitive" styles of life. I strongly agree with this. I've always went about things with those things in mind. I can honestly say that for every decision I made will take those "styles" into consideration. At work as well as in my social life I have a strong tendency to be all of those things. I look at it as a way to survive. I believe in Darwin's concept of survival of the fitness idea. In order for me to live up to that belief, I need to be strong in a society that requires an individual to have those aspects in life. If you are weak, not driven, makes mistakes and do not conform to the rules of the game, then I do not believe that you can succeed in whatever your goals are. You will be in competition with those that will willingly take advantage of you. Losing will hurt and some say you learn by losing, I like to learn by winning.
Power, convention and competition are very important things in my life. I always want to be my best without cheating anything one else. That is something that I've been brought up to believe in since I was a child. I hold those values to be very strong in my everyday decision making. I think I've developed all my habits and "life styles" by the environment that I grew up in. As a child I had many friends that were just like me. We were all very motivated to do our very best in everything that we did. We would have everyday competitions during recess to see who was fastest, strongest, who can throw the farthest and etc In the classroom, academics were also used as competition. Growing in that environment, I soon developed a taste for beating the other kids at everything that they would challenge me in. I liked knowing that I can beat others in sports and if I couldn't beat another kid, I would work hard at trying to beat that kid. I had to be the best if I were to get into something.
My goal for beating the other kids was my prime motivator to develop styles in "power" and "competition". This attitude of trying and trying until I win has stuck with me till this day.
As for why I developed a high score on the "perfectionist" style, I would imagine that I would have to be pretty close to being perfect at whatever that I am perusing in order to beat someone in it. Although I don't expect perfection from anything or anybody or myself for that matter, being close to perfection is an ideal place to be in. I strive for this idea of perfection knowing that it does not exist.
Working at my company has really got me to tone and use the styles that I've picked up while growing up at school with my friends. At work, there is a constant struggle of power between the different departments. We are always looking for more budgets for things, more personnel and just basic resources in general. Because of this, I've grown even more demanding in the things I need in order to achieve "power". If you don't then you can easily get stepped on at my work. Having "power" at my work can also result in faster, better promotions and pay raises. This is a heavy motivator for me.
Personally, with my friends and family, I don't find myself struggling for power over anything. I am generally a really laid back person that doesn't want to look for trouble. I rather avoid problems so I wouldn't have to solve them. I'm only power hungry in the business world.
Another thing my company really stresses is that we, as the employees are able to follow procedures correctly. With the recent rash of unethical and fraud cases in the corporate world, the ability to comply or follow the conventional ways of doing things are really enforced at work. It is because of the way my work environment functions that has gotten me to take into account all the rules and laws of everything I do. Instead of my style influencing my work style here, it is the other way around. I need to conform and follow all the rules or else I will get into trouble.
Based on the LSI self development guide, because I have high ratings in "power", "perfectionists", "convention", and "competition", I am supposed to be generally unpleasant to be around. I am supposedly very "dominating" in the varying relationships I have around others. However, I do not sense this at all from when I interactive with others. It is true that I am really hard on myself and I try to do my best all the time, but I do not ever purposely try to imply my belief system onto others. I will speak my mind for what's its worth, but that is about as far as I will go when I encounter a conflict or an objection. I am a strong believer in that everyone is a rational being and should be able to think for themselves. I get along with almost all my friends, family and even random strangers that I meet. I would say the LSI styles that I am most strong at are a reflection on my work atmosphere rather than my social and personal life.
At work, I am very demanding of the things I need. I am a strong believer in that everyone at work should be professional in whatever they do. They should do the job that they are paid to do with occasional mistakes being acceptable. I would get upset or annoyed when I find some of my co-workers constantly not picking up their own weight and thus causing the entire team to struggle. To me, that is totally unacceptable in the business world and I will call them on it. But other than that strict and stern value I hold in business I am much the same way at work as I am in my personal social life. I have fun, kid and joke around with my co-workers as much as the next person. But when there is work to be done, I for one will get the job done. I think it is because of this attitude in my work ethic that has gotten me as far in the corporate world as I am in now. Without it, I don't think I will do as well in this highly competitive world. My values at work are basically based on the four styles that I scored high on the LSI.
After putting all my beliefs in writing and the reasons behind why I do what I do and how I've developed these styles, I can honestly say that I do not want to change anything about my power styles at this point in my life. This might sound a bit conceited to some people out there, but I feel that I've reached a point in my styles where it will bring me to my next need or goal. With the way I am and the things that I hold value to, I believe I can use them as tools and guidance in my decision making and relations building.
However, there is one thing that I would like to improve my score on the LSI. I would like to be more "Humanistic-encouraging". This is one style or characteristic that I think can help me along my career to perhaps becoming a people manager in a business. With becoming more encouraging I've learn that it can really help motivate workers that are around you to become more productive. As well, I believe that this style will build longer and more "friendly" relationships in the business and social worlds of my life. To develop this skill, I plan to perhaps to be more patient with others that I work with, teach people the skills that they not have, joke around more and just try to have less rigid of a system of rules. A higher proficiency in this skill will make life as a people manager much easier.
I've learned a lot about myself while analyzing the LSI. I've confirmed things that I've always knew about myself as well as learn a couple of things that I will have to eventually work at. Thinking about the way we make our decisions and how people might perceive you will be something I will try to catch from now on. This survey and assignment has been a very enlightening experience.