Organizational Behavior "Work Locus of Control"

After reviewing the self-assessment below, answer the questions that follow.

Your Locus of Control Results = You scored 33

Lower scores (48 or less) reflect a more internal locus of control. An internal locus is related to confidence in one’s ability to successfully perform tasks and is positively related to both job satisfaction and job performance. Trainees with a greater internal locus of control have more positive attitudes toward learning because they believe that it is more likely to be useful and beneficial. Managers tend to have an internal locus of control. Higher scores (80 or more) reflect a more external locus of control. An external locus of control is related to passivity and learned helplessness. Individuals with a more external locus of control tend to feel less job satisfaction and perform less well on the job than do those with an internal locus of control.

Your Personal Locus of Control Analytics

A job is what you make of it.

Strongly agree

On most jobs, people can pretty much accomplish whatever they set out to accomplish. 

Strongly agree

If employees are unhappy with a decision made by their boss, they should do something about it. 


Getting the job you want is mostly a matter of luck. 

Slightly disagree

Making money is primarily a matter of good fortune.


Promotions are usually a matter of good fortune. 


Promotions are given to employees who perform well on the job. 


It takes a lot of luck to be an outstanding employee on most jobs. 

Strongly disagree

People who perform their jobs well generally get rewarded for it. 


Most employees have more influence on their supervisors than they think they do. 

Strongly agree

If you know what you want out of a job, you can find a job that gives it to you. Strongly agree

Most people are capable of doing their jobs well if they make the effort. 

Strongly agree

When it comes to landing a really good job, who you know is more important than what you know.

Slightly disagree

In order to get a really good job, you need to have family members or friends in high places.

Slightly agree

To make a lot of money, you have to know the right people.

Slightly disagree

The main difference between people who make a lot of money and people who make a little money is luck.

Slightly disagree
Answer the following questions as they relate to your results:

  1. Do you think that your score accurately reflects your locus of control at work? Why or why not?
  2. How do you think that work locus of control might influence your effectiveness as a manager?
  3. What do you think is the ideal locus of control in a work setting and why?
  4. What might you do in the next year to make your work locus of control consistent with your answer to number 3?

Before answering these questions, make sure to draw connections of individual behavior within the organization, including diversity, job satisfaction, personality, perception, motivation and reward systems, decision-making process, and emotional intelligence, and how they relate to your work locus of control.

Please write a 750 word summary, including your actual results (scores, for example) along with your areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Submit this assignment as a Word document, using the APA format. Title page and references are not included in the 750-word requirement.

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