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Weekly Essay 6 - Stephanie Smith Professor Zeytinoglu...

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Stephanie Smith Professor Zeytinoglu Speech Communication February 26, 2008 Weekly Essay #6 Issues in Communication 9 The groups that Mclean is talking about are all small groups. In the small groups they have there own sort of communication. Small group communication means the interaction among three to nine people working together to achieve an interdependent goal (Pearson et al 223). Looking in the book these groups would be put as a secondary group. A secondary group also may be known as a task-oriented group. The task-oriented group is formed for the purpose of completing tasks, such as solving problems or making decisions (Pearson et al 224). These groups also have the function of emergent groups. Emergent groups are the results of environmental conditions leading to the formation of a cohesive group of individuals (Pearson et al 224). Our book states leadership as a process of using communication to influence the behaviors and attitudes of others to meet group goals (Pearson et al 225). The leader of these groups would be a designated leader. Designated leader means someone who has been appointed
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