Poor group dynamics can damage morale, undermine productivity, and lead your team to make bad decisions or possibly be left with unproductive and unsuccessful outcomes.
Working in groups or amongst a team is sometimes inevitable and at some point, whether it be in school or within your career, you will be required to be a part of a team, group, or committee in order to achieve a specific goal.
In all of these situations it is important to recognize group dynamics and how they can support successful group work and group outcomes.
A member who is who often disagrees with others or is inappropriately outspoken. If a group seems to be headed in the wrong direction, have no fear!
Team members can improve group dynamics and turn a negative group experience into a positive one by taking time to get to know their team members, clearly define roles/responsibilities for each member in the group so that work is equally distributed, tackle problems quickly, focus on communication, and pay attention to how your group is performing so that way you can easily diffuse any negative group dynamics.
Positive group dynamics helps teams to get things done and they can make an impact outside meetings and team activities. Opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of NASPA.
When information flows freely between team members, everyone has the chance to make a difference. If you agree or disagree with the content of this post, we encourage you to dialogue in the comment section below.Group members may move through these stages at different times and they do not have to move through them as they are presented.If the team members know what stage they are performing in, they have a better idea of how far away they are from achieving group success.They understand each other’s needs and are able to understand how to work most effectively to accomplish the goal. Adjourning is the dissolution of the group and the opportunity to reflect on successful or unsuccessful outcomes and how those outcomes can help each member perform in future groups better later.The next time you work in a group or team, try to be cognizant of how your team progresses through these stages.Next time you work in a group or have to work amongst a team of people, think of how you can make a difference in your next group meeting. NASPA reserves the right to remove any blog that is inaccurate or offensive.Group dynamics can be defined as the interactions that influence the behavior and attitudes of individuals when they are in groups.The Asch experiment that was carried out in 1955 is a classic example of conformity.The results of the experiment revealed that a small group of between three or four people can influence and distort the judgments of others. In some cases, it has even led to catastrophic outcomes.Peer pressure is one of the reasons people conform to groups.In some cases, people go along with group decisions in order to be liked even though they are not in agreement with the final decision.