One’ s ability to communicate, listen and understand others is what essentially defines interpersonal skills. The core part of ELT as a learning style is based on the Learning Style Inventory (LSI) that sets out four distinct learning styles- accommodating, converging, assimilating and diverging. The styles also include categorization by the ELT model where accommodating style feature CE and AE as dominant learning abilities, the converging style features AC and AE dominant learning abilities, assimilating style features AC and RO as dominant learning abilities and diverging style features CE and RO as dominant learning abilities.
I feel that I fall under diverging style as even though I have difficulty initiating conversation within a group, I prefer to work in one where I can listen with an open mind and receive personalized feedback. This is because I have come to learn that I like situations where ideas are generated as is the case with brainstorming sessions that call for a group setting. The skills that I possess that facilitate my forming this conclusion include conflict resolution, diplomacy, empathy and I value developing rapport.
In addition, I enjoy learning about different cultures which leads me to want to interact with people from various ethical and cultural backgrounds. In the group assignment, this allowed me to listen and accommodate different opinions even those that I did not agree with. My weakness lies in the proper response to opposing opinions which at least is not verbally aggressive; I resort to an unvoiced dissatisfaction. I believe this can change by learning how to engage in constructive criticism without attacking or condemning, generally finding a moderate way of relaying my stance (Kolb & Kolb 2005, p. 195-196). According to Belbin’ s Self-Perception Inventory, there are eight team roles that are immediately established within any team and these are chairman, shaper, plant, monitor-evaluator, resource investigator, company worker, team worker, and completer-finisher.
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