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BEHAVIOR CHECKLIST FOR LEADERLESS GROUP DISCUSSION EXERCISE
LEADERSHIP DIMENSION

Leadership: Effectiveness in getting others to accept ideas and suggestions, and in guiding others to accomplish a task or arrive at a solution to a problem; assertive at appropriate times; seeks responsibility of leadership role.

Positive Behavioral Descriptors:

  • Makes suggestions on how to organize group activities and how to proceed to accomplish group objectives in a way that has impact; group generally follows.
     
  • Mediates opposing individuals or groups by clarifying differences and/or using other techniques to highlight need for total group to reach a common solution.
     
  • Makes suggestions on how to solve specific problems; influences the direction of the group as a result.
     
  • Demonstrates skill and calm demeanor in dealing with group tensions; seeks to build group cohesion while directing group toward accomplishment of group goals.
     
  • Makes suggestions for closing discussion on particular problems when agreement has been reached; suggestions and manner or presenting are effective and usually followed.
     
  • Gives credit to others, builds upon their ideas, makes others feel they have had impact in devising solutions acceptable to the whole group.
     
  • Encourages participation of others in arriving at group solutions; openness of manner suggests self-assurance and valuing of others.
     
  • Appropriately assertive in dir4ecting group back to main goals when group members are focusing on minor points or agendas that detract from the achievement of group objectives; and/or in guiding the group to find better solutions when needed.

Negative Behavioral Descriptors:

  • Suggestions are made at inappropriate times, e.g., after group has already determined course of action.
     
  • Suggestions are not clearly explained or are "one-liners" that have no impact on the group.
     
  • Sells only own point of view.
     
  • Demonstrates a tendency to overlook points made by others, or fails to address tehse points in an effective manner, in formulating solutions to problems; hence, does not win as much support as would otherwise be the case, and may get resistance.
     
  • Does not attempt to get others to consider his/her case; projects some understanding of the problem but does not demonstrate appropriate assertiveness in getting the group to consider his/her ideas.
     
  • Demonstrates a tendency to let others actively finalize solutions and direct the group; role is more of a "follower."
     
  • Demonstrates a tendency to take the "opposition" position and/or to oppose solutions favored by the group without taking the views of others into account in formulating new solutions acceptable to the group as a whole.
     
  • Attempts to overpower others into accepting own view by projecting excessive dominance, in some cases being successful, but alienating some group members in the process.
     
  • Participation is limited; either does not wish to attempt leading or guiding the group, or does not have the skills needed to intervene and participate in the discussion.

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