Managing Organizations & Leading People
Competency 3018.1.2: Theories of Leadership
Reading the “Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” was very interesting, and provided me with a new way of looking at different situations that happen in life. I completed the Self-Scoring Seven Habits Profile, and even though I was surprised in the beginning with the results, reflecting on them allowed me to realize the information really was accurate to my characteristics.
To start with some data, my lowest score was 12 in habit one and habit five, and on the other hand the highest rating was 17 in habit seven. The lower scores surprised me, especially in category three habit one because I considered myself a well-balanced and centralized individual. I ranked myself a three out of six in question eight “I focus my effort on things I can do something about rather on things behind my control” because I catch myself many times in life , both at work and at home, upset, overthinking and obsessing on things that I have zero control or say in. I always considered my proactive personality of being a problem-solver and action-taker a good quality, but I am that way about everything in life which causes me to overthink, be over worked, and over stressed. After watching and reflecting on the explanation of habit one ‘Be Proactive’, I can be more conscientious to life and work situations, and start to focus my energy on things that are in my control which will allow me to gain better control of my ‘Circle of Influence’.
The second habit I ranked lower than the others is habit five ‘Seek First to Understand than to Be Understood’. When talking with my team members, in the past I focused on listening to what they are saying so I could answer from my point of view; sometimes it worked and other times I was perceived as one that did not care about their feelings or opinions. Going forward, I will be using what I learned ‘First Seek to Understand’ what the person’s message is. I...