The Life Style Inventory

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The life Styles Inventory (LSI) is developed by Dr. J. Clayton Lafferty. The lifestyle inventory is a self assessment diagnostic instrument that measures 12 key thinking patterns or “styles”. The results of the self-description are plotted on a circular graph for easy visualization of how the individual thinks and behaves in the 12 LSI styles. By responding to these 240 inventory items, individuals learn exactly where they need to focus their development efforts, without uncertainty. It promotes performance change and improvement by increasing personal understanding of one’s thinking and behavior. These styles of patterns of thinking that can either help or hinder a person from reaching his or her potential. There are 3 LSI styles namely; 1. Aggressive/ defensive style. 2. Constructive style. 3. Passive/ defensive style. Research has shown that the styles measures by the LSI are related to a number of indicators of effectiveness and success, including leadership effectiveness, management effectiveness, problem solving effectiveness, quality of interpersonal relations, salary, organizational level, individual health and well being, and organization culture. According to the circumplex output my percentile style which represents me most is aggressive/ defensive style. Upon completing the Lifestyles Inventory I found that my dominant styles are competitive, approval seeker, conventional followed by dependent. The results from my LSI survey were found to be somewhat correct. These styles reflect self promoting thinking and behavior used to maintain status/position and fulfill security needs through task related activities. My primary style is competitive. My backup thinking style is approval. The Life Styles Inventory (LSI) aims to accurately determine your sense of thinking style and what motivates you to behave in the way that you do.
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