Dr Wendy Nicholls
- What is a group?
- What does a gang have in common with an online support forum?
- Who leads us?
- Can groups change us?
- What type of leader are you?
- Do we all follow leaders?
- What do we look for in a leader?
What's the point in studying groups and leaderships?
- Application to groups within the university
- Cults and sex? (o_O)
What is a group?
"Two or more individuals who are connected to one another by social
- Defined by size - Dyad, triad, small group, large collective.
- Defined by: beliefs values, tasks, proximity, practices.
- Defined by: (social relationships) religion, common purpose, formal (eg.
committee), informal, family, autocratic, democratic.
Groups and how to define them
1) An online support group - Small group/large collective, common purpose,
formal, tasks, democratic.
2) A "gang" - Small group, beliefs, informal.
3) A school class - Proximity, common purpose.
4) Supporters at a football match - Large collective, proximity.
Note: A aggregate is a group in a singular situation. They are unlikely to meet
again purposefully on a repeated scale, and only hold the same
goals/task/beliefs at that point in time.
- Common-bond - Attached to people (family)
- Common-identity - Share group ideology (labour party member)
- Primary - High level of cohesiveness, small number, frequent interaction
- Secondary - Less frequent meeting, large group, less intimate (colleagues - in
certain situations, may not apply)
- Planned - Deliberately formed group.