Topics: Group development, Sociology, Leadership Pages: 4 (1390 words) Published: April 14, 2014
Career Leadership Academy
September 18, 2013

Strengths Based Team Workshop Paper

On September 8, my Career Leadership Academy Class was asked to attend a team workshop where we would not only work on our own leadership skills, but we would put them to use in group work. This workshop focused on the understanding of group roles and behaviors needed for effective teamwork. The workshop involved a series of group activities where we learned to demonstrate all of our personal strengths as well as performing with along with others.

As a group we were expected to use the relational leadership stages of group development given to us by our professionalism book in chapter 5. The text book suggest using the following techniques when working with a group: forming, stroming, norming, performing, and adjourning. (Bolt, 2008) These were effective in my group from the very start. When we were asked to as a group, number the perceptions of all the industries from 1 being the most positive to 16 being the least positive. (Gallup worksheet) To complete this assignment we first had to come together as a group which would be known as the forming stage, and next we started storming about which should be labeled higher. After we started storming we realized we all had different opinions on which should be higher or lower. To make it so we could all see the industries in the same light we had to set a norm, which then made it easier for us to establish the group activity. Once the norms were set we started the performing process and that’s when all the work started to get done. We were able to work together as a team and eventually get to the adjourning stage with the closure of our group work.

In chapter 5 of Leadership and Professionalism we are given examples of common rules in groups. After reading through them and applying my strengths to those given in the text, I found I am classified as an opinion seeker. An opinion seeker is one who is and encourager and you...
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