Group Dynamics Essay

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The Evolving Landscape of Leadership and Group Dynamics It is an undeniable fact that the effectiveness of a group outweighs the effectiveness of a single individual. Whether it is a business environment, a religious congregation, or a government entity, all organizations are made up of small groups that function to accomplish specific goals. It is apparent that the dynamics between the members of a group have a great effect on the outcome of its accomplishments, especially in the work environment. Being part of the cultural generation coined as the “Millennials” (born after 1980), I believe that group dynamics in the workforce are evolving as younger workers enter into careers. The sociological effects of instant communication tools and technology on current cultural generations are resulting in groups that are more democratic, collaborative and peer-oriented. Member satisfaction is more strongly associated with a democratic style of leadership (Johnson & Johnson, p.183). Millennials, in particular, are relationship-driven and want more interaction than previous generations. (Biren, 2009). As a result, the leaders that direct groups that have younger workers must adjust into a style of high-task/high-relationship leadership. I work as part of the group in the Construction Engineering Services program at my company and am one of the youngest members in a small team. I find that I expect constant feedback and a lot of two-way communication from the director of the program as well as my peers. Among this group is another young worker who expects the same level of communication in order to accomplish the mutual goals of the group. The director of the program who is considered to be part of the “baby-boomers” cultural generation (born between 1955-1964) has had to adjust his management and leadership style considerably. As a result, the group has more meetings that

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