READING RESPONSE 5
Daniel Levi’s book “Group Dynamics for Teams” is a richresource for understanding the key concepts of teams and teamwork. Heraises critical ideas for differentiating between teams and groupsand defining their functions as well as teamwork processes throughthe first four chapters. I gained a lot of helpful insight from theideologies raised in these first chapters that would form thefoundation of my leadership experience now and in the future. Forinstance, the first chapter enlightened my understanding of what ateam is, as well as the significance of teamwork in organizations.Additionally, I learnt that teams face several challenges becausethey involve the interaction of unlike minded individuals who bringin diverse characteristics and temperaments (Levi, 2011).
I agree with the author that teamwork is becoming a critical successtool in organizations in the contemporary world. Although this is notoften the case, people who work in a group tend to achieve more thanthose who work alone. This is because of increased motivation and thediversity brought about by the different skills of the group members.This forms the foundation of group dynamics. The historicalperspective through which Levi approaches this topic makes it morerealistic as he presents facts pointing to the increased use of teamsin organizations overtime (Levi, 2011). An organization that is notflexible enough to embrace teamwork in its functions will thus sufferfailure since a team is proving to lead to higher productivity andincreased competitive edge.
In his book, Levi approaches the challenges that teams face in acasual manner. Although I agree with the examples of challengespresented in the forth chapter, the solutions suggested do notresonate with me. This is because I feel that Levi has oversimplifiedthe challenges and the approaches may not be effective in a real lifescenario. Every group contains members of diverse personalities, andthis negates the approach of using a standard solution for everyteam. In my opinion, it is the role of the team leader to gauge thepersonality of his team members before deciding on the best approachto use on his group. However, Levi’s solutions are a good guidelinetowards achieving this end.
In my ministry, the idea of teamwork is becoming an integral part ofmanaging both simple and complex tasks. As a leader, I realize thatmembers are more motivated when working on projects together thanwhen working individually. I have observed increased attendance andparticipation whenever people are working on group projects ascompared to when they are not. Additionally, teamwork has increasedthe value of friendships within the group, and this enhances themembers’ desire to stay committed to the group.
In future, I hope to breakdown the group into smaller teams in orderto enhance their effectiveness. I will approach the challengespresented in teamwork by ensuring the team members are as like-mindedas possible to increase their cohesiveness. I will also categorizethe members according to their agreeability and professional skillsin order to reduce chances of conflict. I hope to get tasks donefaster and more efficiently by applying these changes, and thus Iwill ensure a positively challenging environment as well as a rewardsystem to encourage participation. I believe I can learn a lot fromLevi’s book in group dynamics to achieve this goal in the nearfuture.
Levi, D. (2011). Group dynamics for teams. Los Angeles: SAGE.