Characteristics of a Quality Group

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Characteristics of a Quality Group Quality groups are characterized by five concepts according to Bobby R. Patton and Timothy M. Downs book “Decision-Making group Interaction” (Achieving Quality). These concepts consist of cohesion, task assignment, group size, trust and cooperation, and factors of diversity. Each of these theories will be reviewed for their significant value within different groups. Cohesion is defined by Patton and Downs as, “a term referring to the overall attraction of group members to each other and the way they stick together” (41). Cohesion for a group can be a feeling of solidarity with other group members. It can be the leading factor for members to decide if they want to remain within a group. Patton and Downs write, in directly, cohesiveness refers to group morale, teamwork, or so-called group spirit (41). Cohesion can be negative or positive depending on group members’ morale. So there will come a time when possibly the group’s facilitator, manager, or group leader will ask herself/himself if fostering cohesion is beneficial for their particular group. Cohesion within a group can produce positive outcomes as the members of the group are more susceptible to becoming interdependent. Their personal self esteem heightens, they feel less constraint and communicate healthier about their idea; they are more prone to listen and respect other member’s opinions. However negative cohesion can be interjected when team members conform socially. When team members get along great socially; they like everybody and more time is spent on their commonality than on the task at hand. Also members have the tendency to want to please one another. This is stimulated from individuals who have a desirer to belong to a part. Negative cohesion can be very critical to members who go outside of the group; for this tends to pose a threat to some of its members,
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