What's your role in a group?

Circle 3 answers to each question

Q1: When involved in a task with other people...

a) I can be relied upon to see that the work is properly organised

b) I pick up errors and omissions that the others fail to notice

c) I react strongly when meetings drift away from their objectives

d) I produce original suggestions

e) I analyse other people’s ideas fairly for merits and failings

f) I am keen to find out the latest ideas and developments

g) I am good at organising people

h) I will always support good suggestions to help resolve a problem

Q2: In seeking satisfaction through my work……

a) I like to have a strong influence on decisions

b) I work well when a high degree of concentration is needed

c) I am concerned to help colleagues with their problems

d) I like to make critical choices between alternatives

e) I have a creative approach to problem solving

f) I enjoy reconciling different points of view

g) I am more interested in practicalities than in new ideas

h) I particularly enjoy exploring different views and techniques

Q3: When a group is trying to solve a particularly complex problem……

a) I keep a watching eye on areas where difficulty may arise

b) I explore ideas which may have a wider application

c) I like to evaluate a range of suggestions thoroughly before choosing

d) I can co-ordinate and use other people’s abilities and talents

e) I maintain a steady, systematic approach whatever the pressure

f) I often produce a new approach to a long continuing problem

g) I am ready to make my views known, forcefully if necessary

h) I am ready to help whenever I can

Q4: In carrying out my day-to-day work……

a) I do not like anything vague about my task or objectives

b) I am not reluctant to emphasise my own point of view in meetings

c) I can work with all sorts so long as they have something to contribute

d) I make a point of following up interesting ideas/people

e) I can usually find the argument to counter unsound ideas

f) I tend to see patterns where others might see unconnected items

g) I really do like to be busy

h) I have a quiet interest in getting to know people better

Q5: When suddenly asked to consider a new task……

a) I start to look around for possible ideas and openings

b) I like to finish my current task properly before starting something new

c) I approach the problem carefully, in an analytical way

d) I am able to assert myself to get people involved if necessary

e) I take an independent and innovative look at most situations

f) I am happy to take the lead when action is required

g) I can respond positively to my colleagues and their initiatives

h) I find it hard to give my best unless the goals are well defined

Q6: If I am suddenly given a difficult task with limited time and unfamiliar people……

a) I often find my imagination frustrated by working in a group

b) I find my personal skills particularly appropriate in achieving agreement in a group

c) My feelings seldom interfere with my judgement

d) I strive to build up an effective team structure

e) I can work with people with widely varying qualities and outlook

f) I feel temporary unpopularity is sometimes necessary to get my view across in a group

g) I usually know which person has the right specialist knowledge for the job

h) I particularly enjoy exploring different views and techniques

Q7: In contributing to group tasks in general……

a) I think I have the talent for sorting out the steps to be taken

b) My considered judgement may take time but it is usually pretty good

c) A broad range of personal contacts is important in my work

d) I have an eye for getting the details right

e) I try to make my mark in group meetings

f) I can see how ideas and techniques can be used in new situations

g) I see both sides of a problem and take a decision acceptable to all

h) I get on well with others and work hard for the team

Score Sheet

A B C D E F
Q1 (g) (c) (d) (e) (f) (a)
Q2 (f) (a) (e) (d) (h) (g)
Q3 (d) (g) (f) (c) (b) (e)
Q4 (c) (b) (f) (e) (d) (a)
Q5 (f) (d) (e) (c) (a) (h)
Q6 (b) (f) (a) (c) (g) (d)
Q7 (g) (e) (f) (b) (c) (a)
Total

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