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Identifying your styles

Styles' refer to personal characteristics that reflect the things that you value. Styles describe what characteristics you bring to a given situation. Your friends might describe you as 'cool under pressure' or 'very honest', for example. Think for a minute about how you characterize yourself, or how others have characterized you (in a job or school recommendation, for example). Think of two or three words that describe your styles and write those words into the space below.

My styles:

Then pick the items below that most closely describe the words you've written.

Achievement/Effort - establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Persistence - persistence in the face of obstacles.
Initiative - a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Leadership - a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Cooperation - being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Concern for Others - being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Social Orientation - preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Self Control - maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance - accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility - being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Dependability - being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail - being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Integrity - being honest and ethical.
Independence - developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Innovation - creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
Analytical Thinking - analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Decide how confident you are with your choices. That is, how clearly do the styles you have chosen describe your personal styles. Specify whether the selected styles:

Perfectly describe you.
Describe you pretty well.
Describe you, but several of the other descriptions do too.


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