Diverse dynamic group
A diverse dynamic group can provide a wide array of personalities and intelligences. The core of any successful group is its ability to define and use the group’s assets to the advantage of all. Everyone has his or her strengths and weakness. In a group setting it is impossible to change a member’s makeup in the short term of the team. At the start of any group each team member should give an understanding of his or her strengths and any weakness she or he is comfortable with the group knowing.
Developing open and honest communication is necessary to any long-lasting success, whether in a team environment or an interpersonal relationship. In a way a good example of a group dynamic is how people approach individual relationships. Successful couples manage to build in the strengths the individual brings while working on a way to meet with any shortcoming. Whereas a couple that stays stagnate unwilling to change or accept the others point of view is altimetry be doomed to failure. Couples whose personalities are to different and are inflexible will usually fail. Unlike in a couples group, a team benefits from diversity. By bringing in different skill set the team can tackle any problem or assignment from many angles.
In this paper I will name three learning groups or Intelligences from Multiple Pathways to Learning (Carter, Bishop, and Kravits page 41,) and three personality types from Personality Spectrum (Carter, Bishop, and Kravits, page 46).
A person or persons with this learning style or intelligence is more prone to seeking out his or her place in a group as it relates to the project at hand. An intrapersonal person will feel the need to be independent of the group. This independence can be an asset or be a liability for the group dynamic. Independence can be an asset for research goals in which the ability to answer or arrive at an answer by one’s self. By setting strict guidelines for group members this intelligence can be harness for the benefit of all.
An interpersonal person can place the group’s needs ahead of his or her own needs. Cooperation is the name of the game to this intelligence. Cooperation is important for the group dynamic, but it is also necessary for the individuals to express his or her opinions. Only with full participation can a group reach its fullest potential.A group must require members to participate in every aspect.
A verbal linguistic person is most likely to set the tone for the group. This inelegance can communicate his or her set of goals to the group. A person with the verbal linguistics intelligence can bring together a group though humor.Appropriate humor can set a group at ease. Working logically or interpersonally is important, but without the ability to vocalize an agenda a team will not form successfully.
An organizer and verbal-linguistic traits are most likely to be the official or unofficial leader of a team. Utilize her or his abilities to plan out a course for the team, he or she can give the team structure, detail, order, and discipline. The right person with this personality trait can elevate a team from mediocre to extraordinary. This is not to say that it is necessary for a team to have a leader or that leader to be an organizer. For example, if a city were to have the city council meeting ran by the most organized person in the room the council would be run by the person who keeps the minutes.
Learning is an adventure. A person with an adventurous personality can force the group into a new direction for the good or ill. Possessing an open mind to new possibilities will ensure the group will explore new possible angles to a project or problem. A team member with this trait can provide an original even artistic voice it is important to keep the group on target.
In any group of people conflict will arise. A giver will try to keep the peace within the group. He or she will most likely try to keep an open line of communication among warring group members try to resolve any disagreements. If it were necessary to assign positions within the team a giver would be both sheriff and counselor.
In the “real world” it would be nice to have one of each of the intelligences and personalities within a group. More than likely a group will be a random mix of types of personalities and inelegances. What is important is to find harmony with the team no matter what the makeup.
(Page 41, Keys to College Studying: Becoming an Active Thinker, Second Edition 2007, by Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop, and Lyman Kravits)
(Page 46, Keys to College Studying: Becoming an Active Thinker, Second Edition 2007, by Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop, and Lyman Kravits)
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