Quiz 7: Transition Stage of a Group
Resistance in a group is all about member's preventing themselves from giving their best towards group activities and performances. In other words, members show resistance due to several reasons like personal reasons or related to group environment that makes them resistant towards the whole group. The major reasons for resistance by group members are as follows: • Members possess a fear of self-disclosure in which they are afraid that if they reveal everything about them, then other members might not take me positively and will avoid me. • The fear of being exposed and being vulnerable is all about when a resistant member feels that if he reveals everything about his personality and background, then it might be that he will be at risk of being attacked by others in a group. • Fear of rejection also generates resistant behavior where a member feels that if he put forward his opinion, then it is likely to get rejected by others in a group. • Fear of getting misunderstood is all about a reason for resistance, when a member is afraid of getting misunderstood by other fellow group members and this will make false perception of him in other people's mind. The following is the alternative concept that forms the base for other types of resistance in the group: Apart from the above discussed reasons for resistance, the members of the group often speak other reasons for their resistance; the member feels that everyone else will speak about him outside the group. What will they think of me if they see me outside somewhere else Members also say that they will lose the control in a group if they speak everything about self. Also, members are afraid of losing people if they get too attached with them etc.
Any organization cannot be successful if the groups and teams working together do not make unified efforts to achieve organizational objectives. Group members have to work in conundrum and coordination with each other to achieve wholesome benefits for the organization. Now to perform rating, I would rate myself: Rating: 3-This is sometimes true of me. I do not trust people easily, that is the reason I am 50-50 percentage when it comes to trust people in group. I trust some people and do not trust others depending on my interaction and experience with them. Thus, I do not trust people in a group very easily.
In a group, some members are always fearful and are not confident enough to put their thoughts and opinions in front of others. This decreases the whole group's effectiveness. It is the group leaders' responsibility to handle these members with patience and try to build confidence in them. Now following are the situations and the answers on how a leader should handle each of the situations being in the group: • If a group member in my group is afraid of looking like a fool in the group, then in this case being the group leader, one would try to make him understand that not everyone in a group possess each and every skill and quality. And the quality that he possesses is unique and he should be proud of it instead of being fearful. • If a group member in my group is afraid of getting rejected in the group, then in this case being the group leader, one would try to make him understand that no one in the group except me has the right to reject a member. Thus, he should be a confident group member. • If a group member in my group is afraid of looking at himself as he fears to see his empty self, then in this case being the group leader, one would try to make him realize that not everyone is born with a personality, skills and aptitudes. It is ones learning and development that makes them skilled. Thus if you are fearful of yourself then try developing new skills and aptitude. • If a group member in my group is reluctant to let others know about him, then in this case being the group leader, one would try to make him understand that in a group, members work together and for this they should know in and out of each other. Thus it is very important for group members to let their personalities get revealed to each other.