SNCO DLC Self Awareness Study

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Self Awareness Test 1


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  • 1. 
    SMSgt John calls TSgt Crews into her office and says, “I notice you like to do things by the book…so I’m assigning you a significant tasker. You’ll need to re-accomplish this operating instruction. It’s going to require you to be very precise, so I’m going to provide you plenty of time.” TSgt Crews’ behavioral tendencies are MOSTLY aligned with the ___________ dimension.
    • A. 

      Dominance

    • B. 

      Influence

    • C. 

      Steadiness

    • D. 

      Conscientiousness

  • 2. 
    SMSgt Conley explains to his team, “MSgt Duke was put in the program manager position because he performs in a stable and reliable manner. Although he likes to socialize a lot, he has a lot of perseverance and dependability which will fit well with the job. Because SMSgt Conley __________ of PPS, his actions will MOST likely _________ the mission.
    • A. 

      Understands the influence dimension; enhance

    • B. 

      Misunderstands the influence dimension; hinder

    • C. 

      Understands the steadiness dimension; enhance

    • D. 

      Misunderstands the steadiness dimension; hinder

  • 3. 
    SMSgt Wilson calls TSgt Tilley into his office and says, “I have a tasker that requires you to communicate with every individual in the unit. We need to show the positive impact of these new procedures. You might have to tutor and advise some of our new folks on the new process and I know you like that kind of stuff, so I’m going to give you this one.” TSgt Tilley’s behavioral tendencies are MOSTLY aligned with the ___________ dimension.
    • A. 

      Dominance

    • B. 

      Influence

    • C. 

      Steadiness

    • D. 

      Conscientiousness

  • 4. 
    SMSgt Todd remembers her PPS lesson in the SNCOA distance learning course. She calls TSgt Smith into her office and says, “I noticed you are the type of person that likes to move fast on stuff at work. I have a project that requires you to take the lead and give me a hurried turnaround on it. It may also require you to manage some of the concerns of others. Smith replies, “I do like to be in charge of things…when can I start?” The next day, Todd notices Smith directing several aspects of the project without any supervision. SMSgt Todd’s actions BEST illustrate her understanding that TSgt Smith is mostly in the______ dimension of PPS.
    • A. 

      Dominance

    • B. 

      Influence

    • C. 

      Steadiness

    • D. 

      Conscientiousness

  • 5. 
    SMSgt White explains to his team, “MSgt Foy was hired for the Superintendent, Inspector General, because of his keen focus on specifics. He has a knack for excellence and correctness which is what the position calls for. He likes making a favorable impression, so he’s the logical choice.” Because SMSgt White __________ of PPS, his actions will MOST likely _________ the mission.
    • A. 

      Understands the conscientiousness dimension; enhance

    • B. 

      Misunderstands the conscientiousness dimension; hinder

    • C. 

      Understands the influence dimension; enhance

    • D. 

      Misunderstands the influence dimension; hinder

  • 6. 
    SMSgt Johnson calls TSgt Hunt into her office and says, “I’m forming a team to solve a high visibility issue and I think you’d be a perfect fit. Due to the nature of the problem, your ability to analyze facts and work through them in a systematic fashion is exactly what the team needs. Even though I already have a few people that are experts on the issue, I think your way of looking at things can help keep us focused on the goal. I hope you’ll agree to participate.” SMSgt Johnson’s comments BEST identify the ________________ of TSgt Hunt.
    • A. 

      Creativity

    • B. 

      More innovative tendencies

    • C. 

      Problem solving level

    • D. 

      More adaptive tendencies

  • 7. 
    While working on a team project, SMSgt White (a more adaptive individual) says, “At this point, we can’t seem to agree on a solution. Some of you want to connect with peers to see if there’s something other units have been using that’s proven to be successful, while others want to use this as an opportunity to develop something new and transformational. However, I agree that we should see what the other units are doing and use what’s already been working. I believe that will lead to a better solution.” Some people are glad and ready to move forward...some are disappointed and feel like a team compromise could’ve been reached with a little more time and effort. Because SMSgt White __________, his comments will MOST likely _________ mission effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Misunderstands management of the cognitive gap; hinder

    • B. 

      Understands the management of the cognitive gap; enhance

    • C. 

      Misunderstands coping behavior; hinder

    • D. 

      Understands coping behavior; enhance

  • 8. 
    SMSgt Wilson calls TSgt Lanier into his office and says, “I heard you’re having an issue with two Airmen on your team. One wants to do things strictly by the book, while the other thinks the ‘book’ is too restrictive and should be thrown away. As the leader, you need to fill the gap between them so they can get past their individual perspectives. Maybe then, they’ll focus on the team’s problem. This might be a little difficult for you at first, since both Airmen are strong-minded. However, the more you practice this skill, the better you’ll eventually get at it.” SMSgt Wilson’s comments BEST identify:
    • A. 

      The role of the bridger.

    • B. 

      Coping behaviors.

    • C. 

      The cost of coping

    • D. 

      .

  • 9. 
    While working on a team project, TSgt White asks, “Why are we not making any progress on the project? We’re all focused on the topic; however, it seems like we can’t agree on the way forward. We might need someone to help us channel this gap.” SMSgt Browning replies, “Sometimes it depends on the other team members’ perspective which makes it hard to make progress.” SMSgt Browning’s comments BEST illustrate his understanding of _________ and its impact on mission effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Coping behavior

    • B. 

      Bridgers

    • C. 

      Problem A

    • D. 

      Problem B

  • 10. 
    One of the intelligence analysts, TSgt Webster, says, “I’m not sure I can handle the stress of doing this much longer. A lot of critical positions are at stake down range.” SMSgt Smith responds, “I’m only going to ask you to do this for a little while longer...only while lives are at stake. Then we’ll get back to a normal pace.” Because SMSgt Smith __________, his comments will MOST likely _________ mission effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Understands problem B; enhance

    • B. 

      Misunderstands problem B; hinder

    • C. 

      Understands coping behavior; enhance

    • D. 

      Misunderstands coping behavior; hinder

  • 11. 
    Full Range Leadership is sometimes compared to this earlier leadership theory because they both provide options for leader behaviors.
    • A. 

      Psychodynamic Theory

    • B. 

      Skills Theory

    • C. 

      Style Theory

    • D. 

      Situational Leadership

  • 12. 
    Which of the following examples supports the statement below? The developmental nature of transformational leadership behavior is BEST illustrated through individualized consideration.
    • A. 

      Individualized consideration relies upon leaders to treat others as individuals with different needs, abilities, and aspirations and not just as part of a group.

    • B. 

      By spending individual time with your subordinates, you attain a greater awareness of their preferences, which helps you to personalize their mentoring and development.

    • C. 

      Individualized consideration involves showing empathy and compassion; as a result of such attention, followers become more willing to improve.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 13. 
    MSgt Stock tells SSgt Jones, “Since you’ve never instructed before, let’s begin an intensive training process that challenges you to teach as many of the lessons as possible in this first class. I have set a goal for you to teach 21 of the 28 lessons.” MSgt Stock actively checks with SSgt Jones’ trainer on his progress and gives SSgt Jones advice for teaching the new lessons. At the end of the first class, MSgt Stock congratulates SSgt Jones on attaining the goals set for him and then says, “Let’s discuss the remaining 6 lessons and winning Instructor of the Quarter.” SSgt Jones says, “Okay.” MSgt Stock’s _____ will MOST likely _____ his and SSgt Jones’ effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Effective use of Transformational Leadership behavior; enhance

    • B. 

      Ineffective use of Transformational Leadership behavior; hinder

    • C. 

      Effective use of Transactional Leadership behavior; enhance

    • D. 

      Ineffective use of Transactional Leadership behavior; hinder

  • 14. 
    MSgt Earls sat down with SSgt Purdue to discuss the task she gave her to organize the section’s training records, “I appreciate the phenomenal job you did organizing our records…you really got into it! From the look of the folders and labels, someone would think you’ve been doing this for a while.” Purdue replied, “Thank you…I enjoyed the challenge, plus it gave me a break from our normal duties, which was nice.” Earls suggested, “You seem like a natural organizer...could you come up with a process or checklist to help prevent this from happening again?” Purdue answered, “Sure, I’d be glad to.” MSgt Earls’ actions BEST illustrate her combined use of ______ and _______ behaviors and its impact on subordinate effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Laissez-faire and Contingent Reward

    • B. 

      Inspirational Motivation and Management-by-Exception-Passive

    • C. 

      Idealized Influence and Individual Consideration

    • D. 

      Contingent Reward and Intellectual Stimulation

  • 15. 
    2. MSgt Rowe’s subordinate, A1C Sterling, seems to be causing trouble on his shift. A few airmen on the same shift told MSgt Rowe that A1C Sterling is displaying a bad attitude and is questioning the relevance of everything they have to do. They complained that his behavior is causing interpersonal problems in the work center and they asked MSgt Rowe for help. She initially thought of giving him a letter of counseling to correct his behavior, but decided it might be too early to jump to that solution. So, she decides to talk with a few more people, including the shift leader, to get a more complete picture of what the problem is. Even though MSgt Rowe knows A1C Sterling can be difficult to work with at times, she doesn’t think it’s right to base her decision solely on what the airmen have said and her opinion of him. MSgt Rowe’s actions BEST illustrate the use of the ____________standard.
    • A. 

      Relevance

    • B. 

      Clarity

    • C. 

      Fairness

    • D. 

      .

  • 16. 
    SMSgt Alexander was tasked to figure out why his unit has experienced a high CDC failure rate over the past six months and to develop a solution to fix the problem. He conducted some fact finding and identified a solution. While briefing the commander about his idea, he explained he talked with airmen on the night shift that passed the test and was told they felt more comfortable with the material because they had time to study at work, since their shift isn’t very busy. When he talked to those on day shift that failed, they said they didn’t have much time to study at work because their shift is the busiest of the day. He also told the commander the day shift had the most CDC failures… the night shift only had one. So, because those on nights had time to study at work and those on days didn’t, he suggested the commander provide study time for those on the day shift in order to help increase the amount of study time they have. This scenario BEST identifies SMSgt Alexander’s use of the __________________ Reasoning Element.
    • A. 

      Purpose

    • B. 

      Inferences

    • C. 

      Implications

    • D. 

      .

  • 17. 
    During a flight production meeting, MSgt Marley stated his people are always the ones tasked for additional duties such as Honor Guard or Demand Reduction. They explained to him that every time they’re tasked with an additional duty, someone else has to pick up the extra workload while they’re out. MSgt Marley pointed out that while he does understand these duties have to be done, the first sergeant always comes to his section first. He finished by stating, this has to be worked out before my people are burned out! Before the other section leaders could chime in, Chief Twain, the flight superintendent, says, “Have you ever considered why the first sergeant comes to you, MSgt Marley?” MSgt Marley didn’t answer. Chief Twain then said, “Who has the largest section in the flight with the least impact on the daily mission?” MSgt Marley embarrassingly responded, “I do.” The chief ended the conversation by saying, “Good SNCOs are able to look at the overall picture from multiple standpoints instead of just their own. Next time you have a similar concern, first try to consider the entire organizational perspective instead of focusing on your piece of the pie.” Chief Twain’s comments BEST illustrate the Essential Intellectual Trait of____________.
    • A. 

      Intellectual Perseverance

    • B. 

      Intellectual Integrity

    • C. 

      Fair-mindedness

    • D. 

      .

  • 18. 
    MSgt Chase called a meeting with his section NCOICs to discuss how they can improve the service at the base Dining Facility. Even though he hasn’t received any complaints, MSgt Chase has noticed the serving lines are starting to slow down during peak hours. He knows the Dining Facility is a high visibility interest item for the base commander, so he needs to address the issue quickly. He states, “Look, moving people through our serving line is just like launching aircraft on the flight line…we have to do it fast. If we don’t act now to speed up the serving time, people might stop coming to eat here and we could lose some of our special programs like Steak and Lobster Night.” MSgt Chase’s comments BEST illustrate the hindrance of ______________.
    • A. 

      Faulty Logic

    • B. 

      Use of Language

    • C. 

      Psychological / Sociological Pitfall

    • D. 

      .

  • 19. 
    MSgt Longman, the unit first sergeant, is PCSing. However, his replacement won’t be available for another three months. MSgt Longman needs to find someone to fill his position in the interim. There are quite a few people that have volunteered for the job, but he wants to ensure he selects the right person. To keep him focused during his selection process, he writes down what he actually needs. Since he wants to find the right person for the job, he brainstorms the skills he thinks a good first sergeant should have. Then, he makes a list and separates the items into two columns: what he absolutely needs and skills that would be nice to have. So that he can prioritize the ‘nice to haves’, he orders them based on how important they are. Now, he’s ready to look at all the people that volunteered for the job and compare them to his list. To select the best person for the position, MSgt Longman still needs to:
    • A. 

      Categorize his criteria and develop a list of alternatives

    • B. 

      Create a decision statement and conduct a risk analysis

    • C. 

      Determine his criteria and assign weights to his WANTs

    • D. 

      Select the best alternative and conduct a risk analysis

  • 20. 
    Colonel Freeman says to MSgt Wilson, “Your flight seems to question a lot of our processes…I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. MSgt Wilson replies, “I encourage all my people to ask lots of questions and to think for themselves...to come to their own conclusions. I tell them to be true to their own thinking, but also see things from other viewpoints, including yours. I’m attempting to help create an environment where they are able to grow into effective decisions makers.” MSgt Wilson’s encouragement of ______ will MOST likely _______his subordinates’ effectiveness.
    • A. 

      System-1 thinking; enhance

    • B. 

      System-1 thinking; hinder

    • C. 

      Essential Intellectual Traits; enhance

    • D. 

      Essential Intellectual Traits; hinder

  • 21. 
    While discussing manpower issues during a production meeting, SMSgt Rodriguez asks, “Why is it that my flight’s additional manning requests never get approved? The current process seems to favor the larger flights and I’m getting to the point where my mission might be negatively impacted if I don’t get more people!” While trying to understand the viewpoints of senior leadership and the manning process, SMSgt Rodriguez asks all sorts of questions to determine why his flight hasn’t been successful in acquiring additional manning slots. After receiving answers to his questions, SMSgt Rodriguez ends the conversation with, “Although I still need the additional manning, at least I understand why my requests have been disapproved. I’ll work on a plan to meet my mission requirements with the manning I have.” SMSgt Rodriquez’s actions BEST illustrate _____ and its impact on SNCO effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Critical thinking hindrances

    • B. 

      Steps to decision analysis process

    • C. 

      Proficient critical thinking characteristics

    • D. 

      .

  • 22. 
    SMSgt Horton and his team are getting ready to deploy next month. His people are heavily engaged in completing pre-deployment tasks and reviewing their training records. As a result of the review, SMSgt Horton finds a few of his Airmen aren’t trained on critical tasks needed for the deployment… and they are running out of time. SMSgt Horton has been in this situation before, so he decides to team them up with his most experienced Airman to get them up to speed. Then, SMSgt Horton will follow up with the Airmen to ensure they are comfortable with the tasks. SMSgt Horton thinks this is the quickest way to get everyone back on track and deployment ready. SMSgt Horton’s use of _________ will MOST likely enhance mission effectiveness.
    • A. 

      System-1 thinking

    • B. 

      System-2 thinking

    • C. 

      Reasoning Elements

    • D. 

      .

  • 23. 
    SMSgt Buck says, “MSgt Landruth, I know you have a strong work ethic and you tend to set aside your self-interests for the good of the group; however, how do you get your team to perform at such high levels so consistently?”  Landruth replies, “I always try to listen to their concerns, while seeking and valuing their input.  This helps create an environment of innovation and creativity.”  Buck says, “Now I know why they work so hard and always speak highly of you.” This scenario BEST illustrates _______ and its impact on subordinate effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Transactional

    • B. 

      Management by Exception - Active

    • C. 

      Transformational Leadership

    • D. 

      .

  • 24. 
    MSgt Gleason, who recently arrived at the SNCOA, meets with SMSgt Kilbride to discuss her training plan to become a qualified instructor.  Kilbride says, “Sergeant Gleason, this course has a total of 10 modules varying in length.  I have prepared an intensive training process that requires you to teach at least 5 modules during your first class and all 10 modules during the following class.”  After Gleason instructs each module, Kilbride discusses Gleason’s performance and provides advice.  At the graduation of her first class, Kilbride says to Gleason, “Congratulations on achieving your goal! For all your hard work, I plan to submit you for Instructor of the Quarter.  In the meantime, prepare to teach those remaining modules.” SMSgt Kilbride’s use of _______ leadership behavior will MOST likely _______ MSgt Gleason’s effectiveness.
    • A. 

      Transformational; enhance

    • B. 

      Transformational; hinder

    • C. 

      Transactional; enhance

    • D. 

      Transactional; hinder

  • 25. 
    SMSgt Warren explains to his team, “MSgt Black, will be in charge of Quality Control because of his systematic approach to work.  He’s been fair and diplomatic with his previous teams and has an eye for details.  Please, make a good impression by congratulating him on his selection.” Because SMSgt Warren __________ of PPS, his actions will MOST likely _________ the mission.
    • A. 

      Understands the conscientiousness dimension; enhance

    • B. 

      Misunderstands the conscientiousness dimension; hinder

    • C. 

      Understands the influence dimension; enhance

    • D. 

      Misunderstands the influence dimension; hinder

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