Lesson 1, Topic 1
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5. 1. Lead and function in a team.

ryanrori December 29, 2020

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There is no such thing as a self-made person. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.”

                                                                             George Shinn

Active leading and participation takes place in group learning situations. 

We have worked in pairs and groups throughout this unit and in unit 8968. As pointed out in Section 2.7, this encourages our creative thinking and our ability to learn, and that sometimes participating in a group means active listening


Group Meetings – Making them Work!

Cottrell (1999) identifies the creation of a supportive group atmosphere and environment in order to make group meetings more effective. A supportive group atmosphere takes account of people’s feelings, particularly those who are anxious within group settings.

Get to know the people in your group, perhaps combine your first meeting with a social event or participate in some team building or ice-breaking games. Once the ice has been well and truly broken, the group can begin talking about their expectations as individual group members. Some discussion around ground rules and what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour within the group should then follow. (See section on Ground Rules).

Find out the group’s strengths – which members are good at running meetings, artwork, giving presentations. However, a word of caution, just because you are good at a particular skill, you don’t have to always do it. Group work is about participation, so be willing to share and learn.

An effective group environment is one where clear agendas and boundaries are set. Cottrell (1999) suggests the following:

Set an agenda for group meetings and decide how long to spend on each of them. Be clear which meetings are for work and which meetings are for socialising. Arrange meetings well in advance, so that everyone knows when to attend.

Space must be made within group meetings to check progress. If the group is not completing tasks on time, then some open and honest discussion should take place. This is not an opportunity to be openly critical, instead make suggestions on how to improve the situation and be supportive. This may be the time to re-evaluate the task allocations to ensure fair and equitable distribution.

Being an Effective Group Member

The responsibility for the group lies with each member. If a problem arises, every member shares the responsibility for sorting out the problem so that the group can work effectively.

To help your group succeed:

  • Be encouraging
  • Be a good listener
  • Be able to build on other people’s ideas
  • Be inclusive – don’t exclude people
  • Offer constructive criticism
  • Share your information
  • Complete your task on time