What Are Your Managerial Assumptions?


Read the following statements. Click on the Yes box if you agree with the statement, or No if you disagree with it. Force yourself to take a Yes or No position. Do this for every statement.


Are good pay and a secure job enough to satisfy most workers?

Should a manger help and coach subordinates in their work?

Do most people like real responsibility in their jobs?

Are most people afraid to learn new things in their jobs?

Should managers let subordinates control the quality of their work?

Do most people dislike work?

Are most people creative?

Should a manager closely supervise and direct work of subordinates?

Do most people tend to resist change?

Do most people work only as hard as they have to?

Should workers be allowed to set their own job goals?

Are most people happiest off the job?

Do most workers really care about the organisation they work for?

Should a manager help subordinates advance and grow in their jobs?


The number of Yes responses to items 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 equals X .

The number of Yes responses to items 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 14 equals Y .


This assessment sheds insight into your orientation toward Douglas McGregor's Theory X (your 'X' score) and Theory Y (your 'Y' score) assumptions. You should review the discussion of McGregor's thinking and consider further the ways in which you are likely to behave toward other people at work. Think, in particular, about the types of 'self-fulfilling prophesies' you are likely to create.

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