Decision-Making Style Inventory

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Recent research into decision-making suggests that the most effective leaders are those who are able to adapt their decision-making style over time as their roles and responsibilities change. The Decision-Making Style Inventory is a proven, easy-to-understand way to assess decision-making style; identifying a personal preference for one of four styles: 
  • Systematic-Internal
  • Systematic-External
  • Spontaneous-Internal
  • Spontaneous-External
The Decision-Making Style Inventory (DMI) is an assessment of management development training. It identifies one's preference for one of these four decision-making styles and then helps individuals learn how to use their style to communicate most effectively with others.

What makes the Decision-Making Style Inventory different is that it doesn't measure who is smart or dumb, right or wrong. Instead, it's about how individuals differ in the way they gather information, organize, and then process it. The assessment is a powerful tool that has many applications, including leadership training, coaching, and performance appraisals.

The assessment approaches decision-making style on a two-dimensional scale that includes two structural styles and two processing styles.

Structural style refers to how a person seeks, organizes, and weighs information. A person's structural style can be either "systematic" or "spontaneous."
Processing style refers to how people make sense of information. A person's processing style can be either "internal" or "external."

Detailed research shows that success or failure with executive managers is in large part, a function of their ability to change their decision-making styles as they progress in their careers. The styles learned in this program complement most traditional organization development styles such as the Campbell Leadership Descriptor and the Social Styles Profile, which means by the end of this assessment, participants will use this knowledge to:
  • Define the four primary decision-making styles
  • Identify one's preferred style of decision making
  • Understand the strengths and liabilities of each style
  • Learn how to develop the ability to flex one's decision-making style