The paper "Interpersonal Dynamics and Performance of Individual Members in the Group" is a perfect example of management coursework. Communication is an important aspect when it comes to group dynamics. It is paramount to note that people have different capacities in a group and no one can be considered to be superior to others (Deutsch, 2011). This essay will reflect on the experiences that I went through while doing my group work and the solutions to some of the dynamics encountered in the process. This essay will be divided into three distinct sections.
Part one will describe and analyze deeply all the interpersonal dynamics involved in the group in the preparation for the presentation of the informative speech. In part two, I will describe and analyze the performance of individual members in the group while preparing an informative speech. In this section, I will also try to relate the reflections of what escalated in the group with what different scholars have written in areas such as communication, conflict, and group work. In part three and the final of the essay, I will reflect on the major success or failure of the group process.
This will also be based on my personal experience as one member of the team. Since this reflective essay has an objective of improving the future performance of a group, I will give suggestions on how the group process might be improved. For authenticity, I will base my argument on literature gathered from different scholars who have tackled the issue of group dynamics in details. My group comprised of six members who were assigned specific roles towards the preparation of the speech.
I was appointed as the group leader by the rest of the group members. There were various interpersonal dynamics that were involved and that every member had to cope with to ensure the success of the group. Interpersonal skills are essential in enhancing the interactions of the group members. My group comprised of members who had different capabilities and personalities. Interpersonal skills are essential in enhancing the interactions of the group members. My group comprised of members who had different capabilities and personalities. Group dynamics assist individuals in thinking, learning and coming up with new ideas.
In my group, the members raised different ideas concerning the presentation. What I observed in this group is that people had various views. Listening skills are essential in enhancing interpersonal dynamics. There were those who demonstrated good listening skills and always gave others a chance to raise their ideas. Others were quite talkative and rarely gave others an opportunity to present their views. There was particularly one member of the group who consistently ignored ideas from others by insisting that his ideas were the best. The rest of the group members were not impressed by the behaviour of this individual as they complained that he was domineering.
According to Etscheidt (2007) members in the group should encourage and support one another by respecting opinions raised by others. It is this kind of encouragement that bestows confidence in individual members in a group as it also enhances the group performance. To enhance group performance it is important to have clear objectives. My group was working towards achieving a common objective of preparing an informative speech. This played a role in keeping the group together as we shared positive ideas that were geared towards achieving our objective.
According to Salas (2008), individuals working in a group must strive to establish their objectives before embarking in their group processes. If they lack common objectives, they are likely to disintegrate leading to disagreements or personal grudges.
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