Leadership 10-24

Leadership 10-24 - Leadership Agency and Reflexivity Human...

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Agency and Reflexivity Human activity is the source that creates and recreates the social environment in which we exist. Not only do we create our social worlds, but we also adapt our behaviors and change the rules Agency: the behaviors or activities that we use in our social environment [in that group contact, we use agency to accomplish those goals] also shaped by the structure of the group itself [agency both shapes and reflects norms of the group] Agent: the person who does all of those behaviors (in our social environments, we are the agents) Lecture, clicker points, etc.—agency Human activity is what makes groups exist Reflexivity refers to a person’s ability to monitor his or her actions or behaviors. Discursive consciousness: our ability to articulate personal goals or behaviors in a language that can be shared and understood by other group members Saying “my goal is to get an A in this class” to the professor—part of your discursive consciousness “I need help”—part of your discursive consciousness Practical consciousness: our actions or our feelings that cannot be put into words Thinking about the knowledge you’re gaining, the young scholars you’re becoming—it’s difficult to put the idea of how much your learning and how you’re becoming a more well-rounded person into words Humans accomplish goals through agency and reflexivity
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Duality of Structure Group members rely on rules and resources to guide decisions about their behaviors and actions. Individuals choose to follow rules or alter them, which has implications for future communication interactions. Go with the flow, follow the rules set up for the group, or go about and change
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Theiss during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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