Another week, another learning journal. Being the first week of the actual competition, everything we are doing is in preparation for what is to come. So, for this week I want to focus on whether I am being an effective follower.  

At this point I think I’m still lacking in what it takes to be an effective follower. I feel like I still rely on our leader to get his opinion decisions made. To be an effective follower needs to be well-balanced and responsible even without a leader (Kelley, 1988). This means a level of independence is needed when making decisions. My reliance on my leader could be due to the success in single player, as his score was a lot better than mine. Of course, he doesn’t now know all the ins and outs of the simulation but his level of competency with it is something to always take into consideration.

Another part of being an effective follower is the commitment to the goals of the organisation. In the case of the simulation, the product that we are making and are going to make. The results of this rollover would test even the most committed of individuals. But results don’t tell the whole story. A committed individual should make sure that their goals align with that of the group, as those who don’t align the goals will cause destructive results (Kelley, 1988). Knowing what is to come reassures me that there are positives to our results. This is just the start and what to coming is where our knowledge and work during the previous rounds will really show itself.

As for what I will improve on over the week, to become a better follower. I want to look at what I can do to improve group productivity. Instead saying “What do you think of this decision?” I want to say “This is what I think is going to work.”