Empowerment Leadership Model for Small Groups, Teams, & Families
Course 2, Lesson 10
The Group's Task of Keeping Working on Its Purpose
Note: Whenever "group" or "team" is used, it can mean "group", "team", or "family".
We might call this major task “the task of perseverance”. There are a number of subtasks associated with staying on course and being effective over the long run. They are:
(1) Identifying and overcoming barriers to the accomplishment of the group purpose, including interrelationship problems, lack of knowledge and/or resources, group process barriers and other things that get in the way of success.
(2) Controlling dysfunctional behavior of group members and the group as a whole.
(3) Providing emotional help to group members and the group as a whole as necessary to accomplish the group purpose.
(4) Providing mutual aid to group members and the group as a whole as necessary to accomplish the group purpose.
(5) Assisting members of the group to get outside help as necessary to accomplish the group purpose.
(6) Identifying and utilizing available resources that are necessary for the best accomplishment of the group purpose.
(7) Minimizing the negative influence of outside systems.
(8) Continually evaluating the performance of the group and its members in light of the group purpose.
Next, let's explore the first subtask, that of identifying and overcoming barriers to the accomplishment of the group purpose.
Copyright 2012 Dick Wulf, Colorado, USA