Leadership and Organizational Behavior/LDR 531
The purpose of this essay is to analyze specific differences in emotions, attitudes and personalities based on the DISC Assessment results of Team E which consists of Tameka Pritchard, York Wilborn, Misty Vathis and Kaleah S. Daniels. This plan will be used to assess ways to improve the team’s motivation, satisfaction and performance as if they are employees of the Parker Law Firm, PLLC. My objective is to create a plan in which I can positively influence my team members and possibly allow my mentor Mr. Stephen Parker to apply this plan to his practice.
In today’s world, nearly every business organization has a diverse workforce that requires teamwork in some way, shape or form. Many organizations formulate a Diversity and Inclusion department in order to encompass the differences of its employees. When working within teams in the business world, behavior styles, motivations, satisfaction and performance can affect the productivity and flow of the team. An effective leader must understand the challenges involved in implementing a workplace that combines the employees’ motivations, satisfactions, and performance while promoting a cohesive environment.
Motivation, satisfaction, and performance are important aspects that a manager must acknowledge with employees considering these aspects can determine the success or failure of individual employees or a team. If a manager has a positive influence, he or she will be able to increase an employee’s motivation, satisfaction, and performance by utilizing a variety of tools as leverage. For example, employee surveys, performance evaluations and team building exercises can provide management with some insight on what is needed in order to provide a positive atmosphere and efficient work-life balance. Compensation is a very important aspect for rewarding increased performance, however; has a limited effect in increasing an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. A talented manager will understand the importance of incorporating different methods to achieve the desired results. For example creating a positive work environment brings together several traits that a successful office should have to achieve the desired outcome. Aforementioned, compensation is most likely the fastest way to achieve motivation, but will not necessarily sustain motivation long term. A tool that a manager can implement to assist in evaluating an employee’s motivations is the DISC Platinum Rule Behavioral Style Assessment. Learning Team E has similar personality types that determine a person’s intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. For instance, Tameka, York and Misty are Cautious styles within the DISC assessment while Kaleah’s style is Dominance. Dominance serves two needs: the need to control and the need to achieve. Dominance styles are goal oriented, accomplished, authoritative, autonomous and receptive to challenges. On the other hand, dominance styles are impatient, controlling and exhibit low tolerance for any perceived inadequacies of colleagues and subordinates. In order to motivate the Dominance, one must step back and let him/her oversee projects from start to finish to include delegating authority. He/she strives for results and feels best being in charge
The Cautious style behaviors tend to be overcritical and persistent. Fortunately, some of Team E’s sub styles differ. Tameka’s sub style is the Perfecter and York and Misty’s sub style is the Assessor. A Perfecter is someone whose need to be right is extremely important to them which can cause him/her to be unresponsive to the consensus if their point of view is not shared. The Perfecter is dependable when it comes to following the rules and prefers to work within established boundaries. The