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It is recommended that leaders adopt a mindset that

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It is recommended that leaders adopt a mindset that values relationships in the workplace in order to create work cultures that support employee engagement. As self-awareness has been shown to be positively correlated with self-acceptance and quality interpersonal relationships, self-awareness training should be made available to a broad range of staff in efforts to tap in to individual potential and support genuine team work. Managers should commit to an intentional, planned-change effort targeted at shifting the organization’s culture to one that values its people and the relationships between them. It is only when leaders recognize the potential within and between its people that these valuable resources can be utilized. In order to help facilitate this effort, leaders may utilize an internal consultant or employ an external organizational development consultant. Leaders should also invest in the social aspect of work by intentionally designing social activities to support productive relationship building. Lastly, cross-training is a simple way to help employees gain a broader perspective over work related issues, and reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.
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iv Table of Contents Page Abstract ................................................................................................................ iii List of Tables ....................................................................................................... vii List of Figures ..................................................................................................... viii Chapter 1. Introduction ............................................................................................ 1 Purpose and Significance of Study ................................................. 3 Methodology ................................................................................... 4 Organization of the Study ................................................................ 4 2. Literature Review ................................................................................... 6 The Human Relations School ......................................................... 6 Self-Awareness ............................................................................... 9 History and Definitions of Self-Awareness .......................... 10 Self-Awareness: A Neurological Perspective ..................... 14 Benefits and Importance of Self-Awareness ....................... 15 Issues in Measurement ...................................................... 19 Applications ........................................................................ 24 Self-Acceptance ............................................................................ 25 Quality of Relationships ................................................................ 28 Antecedents to High-Quality Relationships ........................ 29 Outcomes of Having Quality Relationships ........................ 31 Association between Self-Awareness and Quality Relationships ................................................................ 32 Transactional Analysis .................................................................. 34
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v Chapter Page Summary ....................................................................................... 37 3. Methods ............................................................................................... 39 Research Design ........................................................................... 39 Research Participants ................................................................... 41 Ethical Procedures ........................................................................ 42 Data Collection .............................................................................. 43 Survey ................................................................................ 43 Self-awareness ........................................................ 43 Self-acceptance ....................................................... 43 Quality of interpersonal relationships ....................... 44 Interview ............................................................................. 46 Data Analysis ................................................................................ 47 Summary ....................................................................................... 49 4. Results ................................................................................................. 51 Survey Findings ............................................................................ 51 Interview Findings ......................................................................... 54 Self-Awareness .................................................................. 54 Self-Acceptance ................................................................. 55 Quality Relationships .......................................................... 57 Correlational Analysis ......................................................... 58 Synthesis of the Data .................................................................... 61 5. Discussion ........................................................................................... 63 Summary of the Findings .............................................................. 63 Conclusions .................................................................................. 65
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vi Chapter Page Limitations ..................................................................................... 67 Directions for Additional Research ................................................ 68 Implications for Organization Development Practitioners .............. 69 Recommendations to Managers ................................................... 70 References ......................................................................................................... 72 Appendix A. Introductory Script ............................................................................... 80 B. Interview Invitation ............................................................................... 82 C. Interview Script .................................................................................... 84
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vii List of Tables Table Page 1. Reliability Coefficients .............................................................................. 51 2. Descriptive Statistics ................................................................................ 52 3. Comparison of Means by Gender ............................................................ 52 4. Comparison of Means by Age Bracket ..................................................... 53 5. Correlational Analysis .............................................................................. 54 6. Interview Groupings by Variable .............................................................. 54 7. Summary of Qualitative Data ................................................................... 59 8. Correlational Analysis of Themes Based on Interview Data .................... 60
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viii List of Figures Figure Page 1. Johari Window Model ............................................................................... 14
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1 Chapter 1 Introduction An organization can be viewed as a group of people working together to meet a set of objectives (Crowston & Short, 1998). Two critical points are evident
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  • Fall '08
  • WORMER
  • Interpersonal relationship, Self-awareness, Self-consciousness

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