Understanding and Changing Your Management Style (2nd ed.)

Assessments and Tools for Self-Development

by Robert C. Benfari

Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series (No. 175)

An update of the classic book that reveals the 6 keys to successful management In this new edition of his best-selling book, Robert Benfari explains that the best mangers are not born that way but share a mix of characteristics that can be analyzed, understood, and most importantly changed. He identifies the six characteristics of successful managers (Psychological Type; Needs/Motivation; Use of Power; Conflict Style; Our Basic Values; and Our Reaction to Stress) and uses these building blocks to show how anyone can use personality-specific strategies for resolving conflicts, solving problems, managing stress, handling difficult situations at work, and positively influencing others.
  • Includes a proven pathway for becoming an effective manager
  • Contains new information on management style and leadership, human nature and neuroscience, and the dark side of management
  • Includes a self-assessment for each of the six building blocks to successful management

This research-based book offers the tools leaders need to improve their management style and succeed in the workplace.


  • Wiley; June 2013
  • ISBN: 9781118422076
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: Understanding and Changing Your Management Style
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series (No. 175)
  • Author: Robert C. Benfari
  • Imprint: Jossey-Bass

About The Author

Robert C. Benfari, AB, MBA, PhD, MSPH, is a multidiscipline behavioral scientist who has spent most of his career in teaching, research, and practice as a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Division of Continuing Education. Benfari also consults to industry and government and conducts workshops on developing one's management style.