This week was the first of our many group meetings, going into the first meeting I found my self wondering if our group would work well together, who would emerge as a leader, who would be the followers, would there be any conflict between the roles? This weeks reading by Kelley (1998) I found to be very enlightening on the definitions of the two different roles, laying down the blueprint for effective teams.
In regards to my wonder about how our group would work, it was written that “at different times of the working day, most managers play both roles” (Kelley, 1998) I feel this applied directly to how our group functioned in the first week of meetings, we each were in charge of a specific department, we acted as the ‘leader’ in this situation, when another group member was talking about their department, they were the ‘leader’ and everyone else was a follower. Kelley also writes that there are different types of followers including Alienated Follower, Survivors, Passive Followers and Effective followers. I feel in relation to our group that we are all effective followers, we don’t really have one leader telling us what to do, we “think for ourselves, carry out duties and assignments with energy and assertiveness” (Kelley, 1998).
I feel as though after observing how our group operates we each possess the qualities of effective followers, we manage ourselves well, we are committed to a common goal or purpose outside of ourselves, we build competence and focus our energy on achieving maximum results and lastly we are credible, honest and courageous.
This reading helped to explain in theory the way that our group operates, as the week progressed there was no wonder about how we would work together and if there would be role clashes, we each knew our roles and work effectively together in order to reach our main goal or purpose.
Kelley, R. E. (1988). In Praise of Followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142-148.