Group Work and Group Leadership Analytical Essay by Kien

Group Work and Group Leadership
An analysis of the dynamics of group work, leadership and power issues within a psycho-educational group.
# 153578 | 2,243 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jun 18, 2013 in Psychology (Social)

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This paper explores the various leadership and group functionality issues that faced a psycho-educational group. The paper considers the various causes for the dysfunction of this group that include a conflict of interests, passive membership, a lack of interpersonal communication, ineffective teaching methods, and an inappropriate managerial approach. The paper discusses the five major stages of group development and focuses on the most important stages that are the initial stages of dependence and power control. The paper considers the impact of the group structure and the need to balance group tasks and maintenance and suggests leader interventions and their potential outcomes.

Probable Causes of the Dysfunction
Analysis of the Initial Stages of Group Development
The Role of Contracting and Group Structure
Task and Maintenance Balance
Suggested Leader Interventions and Potential Outcomes

From the Paper:

"According to Forsyth (2009), group members can determine the functionality of the group. Effective group members participate in decision making within the group, and are also self-reliant. The main categories of follower include alienated followers, exemplary followers, passive members and conformist followers. Alienated followers are often silent and express a lot of independence and are power-thirst. They do not support group initiatives until they are accorded power (Forsyth, 2009).
"This might be the case with most of followers of John. They are not interested in group activities, and have an interest in group leadership. The group members have been silent, and the comments they have made about John's leadership style is a clear indication that they are interested to take over from him. This is likely to strain group processes such as cooperation and decision making, barring them from achieving their goals (Tuite and Chisholm, 2007).
"The other category of followers is passive followers. Passive followers are negative, and share some of the traits of alienated followers. However, their interest is not power. They strain group processes because they do not participate in any activity. Majority of John's followers are in this category."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Biech, Elaine. The Pfeiffer Book of Successful Team-Building Tools: Best of the Annuals. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, 2007.
  • Burghardt, Steve. Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century. London: SAGE, 2010.
  • Cartwright, Dorwin. Group Dynamics Research and Theory. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2000.
  • Corey, Gerald. Theory and practice of group counseling. Belmont: Cengage Learning, 2007.
  • Douglas, Tom. Basic groupwork. New York: Routledge, 2000.

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