Empowerment Leadership Model for Small Groups, Teams, & Families
Course Two, Lesson 9
Helping Its Group Members Behave
In Line with Working on the Group Purpose
what the group does to get started working on its purpose correctly
Note: Whenever "group" or "team" is used, it can mean "group", "team", or "family".
The last subtask of the general task of getting started working on the group purpose, and a very important one indeed, is that of helping group members behave in line with the group purpose and goals.
Every group purpose requires something specific in the way of group behavior as well as behavior of group members. For example, a married couples group needs its members to carefully observe behaviors between husband and wife, assess if those interactions indicate something the group can help improve, etc. In a foster group home, the kids might decide that it is important that everyone be willing to be put into a positive attitude in the morning before going off to school. On a management team, the team might need each member to be aware of some information before coming to the meeting to save time during the meeting.
And note that these are things the group does, not the group leader. The skillful group leader, for example, does nothing to help someone's attendance get better. That is the responsibility and work of the group. If the leader does anything, he or she will keep the group dependent on him or her, something that is not at all good for the maturation of a group.
Each and every time a group makes a decision is time for the group to consider what needed behavior might not be obvious to its members. And if the behavior is critical, such as following up during the week on a suicidal therapy group member, the expected behavior needs to be verbalized.
Next we will take a look at “the task of perseverance”, or keeping on working on the group purpose.