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Running Head: LEADERSHIP & TEAMSLeadership and TeamsKelly MoriartyMGT 300 - 5 principles of managementColorado State University - Global CampusProfessor Cindy AtchleyAug 3, 20171
Theoretical Leadership ModelsLeadership and TeamsTeam work differs greatly from individual work in multiple ways and can have many positive benefits. However, the desire to be accepted as a part of the group increases one’s susceptibility to group think and conforming to group norms. This shows how a group or team is strong enough to change the attitude and behaviors of a team member. The Leader-member exchange theory supports this concept, showing how these influencing factors impact an employee’s overall experience at work beyond the team setting. A clear understanding of team dynamics and leadership models will increase a manager’s ability to mitigate pitfalls and promote productivity. Group Think and Group NormsWhen employees are working within a team setting, they become susceptible to a phenomenon known as group think. Group think describes how working within a team makes individuals more susceptible to conforming to group norms and producing less creative solutions(Ahlfinger & Esser, 2001). This is often rooted in the desire to be accepted and in the “in crowd” of the group. To produce creative solutions is often to encourage others to think harder and work harder. If the group already operates in certain ways and specific people play specific roles, producing new creative options for the team will likely disrupt these group norms. Therefore, team members continue to conform to team norms, resulting in group think, making team outcomes less creative then they could have been.