Last Week's Definition:
Being an effective leader requires an understanding of your role in the larger picture of the project or company as well as a tuned sense of one's shortcomings and prejudices. If you are aware of your own tendencies, it is easier to notice when they affect your actions.
Being an effective leader requires an understanding of your role in the larger picture of the project or company, a tuned sense of one's shortcomings and prejudices and a realistic view on team equilibrium. Groups cannot be expected to function optimally immediately, an good leader allows a team to mature before judging too harshly.
The takeaway message I got out of the Komives reading was the need to really watch the pace of a group. Understanding that productivity can ebb and flow over time, and to not try and force a group to meld immediately. I found the Yoon reading generally inapplicable, as most of their data is outdated in the fast paced field of digital interactions.
Komives, S. R., Lucas, N., & McMahon, T. R. (1998). "Interacting in Teams and Groups." Exploring Leadership: For college students who want to make a difference (pp. 165 - 194). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Yoon, S., & Johnson, S. (2008). Phases and patterns of group development in virtual learning teams. Educational Technology Research & Development, 56(5), 595-618.
Note: UThink Blogs were down Saturday and posting then slipped my mind until today.