Just like the old saying goes, “Two heads are better than one,” but working in
groups can seem challenging for many people at one time or another. One bad experience
in a group can lead to hatred towards group work; however, the benefits of working in
groups are very strong and should never be overlooked. A group can work at a problem,
and together they can be most productive to come up with the best solutions or decisions.
I have just recently finished participating in group exercise #4, and in the activity, the
group must cooperate to come to a consensus. According to In Mixed Company
“Consensus is a state of mutual agreement among members of a group where all
legitimate concerns of individuals have been addressed to the satisfaction of the group”
(J. Dan Rothwell, 263). Consensus is not always easy to come by, but if the leader can
take initiative and follow several guidelines which can help a group achieve a consensus.
I found this out personally when I engaged in a discussion with two of my friends, Devon
and Hamed, over the death the Baroness. I will continue to discuss about my recent group
experience fitting the role of the leader, following several consensus guidelines: follow
the standard agenda, establish a cooperative group climate, and discuss all concerns of
group members, and finally share my inside thoughts on the experience.
In nearly all working groups, the role of the leader is determined early. A leader
generally emerges on its own among a group and tends to fit the role pretty well. As soon
as both of my collogues read and understood the story the Baroness, I had everyone,
including myself, write down their decision for who was guilty in the death of the
baroness and the reasoning behind their decision. I led of the discussion, and after I began
speaking, I felt like I was contributing the most leadership, “Leadership is an influence
process between leader and followers, directed towards change that reflects mutual
purposes of group members; it is largely accomplished through competent