Reflective Journal On Management Skills – Article Example
Task Reflective Journal I recently took the Myers Briggs Personality Test and the results were really not surprising. They just affirmed assumptions I had about myself. The results indicated that I was an ISFP. This stands for Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Perception.
I have tried to reflect on these results and they have opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. The test firstly classified me as an introvert and I think to a great degree this is true. I tend to observe situations very carefully before I engage myself in them and I am a very thoughtful person. I normally do not undertake any activity without carefully examining every aspect of it.
On sensing, I consider myself a realist. My perception of information works in a very simple way. Whatever I perceive must make sense in its entirety and I do not leave any chances for assumptions. I like being fully sure of whatever it is I perceive. I prefer dealing with issues that are at hand and I really dislike dealing with situations where I cannot have all the information in concrete form. This is because it leaves room for assumptions and this creates room for doubt and errors.
I scored a score of 50% on the feeling aspect of the test. This is because I usually consider a greater picture of activities than what is provided by the pure exercise of logic. I have to consider all the aspects of whatever decision I am making and I think this is one unique feature about me. Managerial decisions affect individuals in a personal way too and therefore it is best if these personal considerations are taken into account in these decisions.
The test however revealed one thing about me, that I am good in making decisions. I do not have any problem making decisions but I need time to effectively make up my mind. Decisions ought to be right and this calls for prudence and careful considerations of all issues involved. I believe that it is right for me to take my time and deal with issues effectively because I realise that in some circumstances I may not be adequately equipped to deal with them at the first instance. I therefore need to take my time and learn what to do. This to me is a good leadership attribute because I need to be self-aware and know what my weaknesses and strengths. This I cannot achieve by being a Know-it-all. Musselwhite (2007: 1) puts it simply that “Self-awareness is being conscious of what youre good at while acknowledging what you still have yet to learn. This includes admitting when you dont have the answer and owning up to mistakes.”
Musselwhite, C. (ed) (2007) Self-Awareness and the Effective Leader, Discovery
Learning, Inc. Available,
www.discoverylearning.com/Documents/Self%20Awareness%20and%20the%20Effective%20LeaderOct%2007.pdf at 30th January 2012