|Every day, people are faced with pressures to be reliable teammates, to become extraordinary leaders, or to make important decisions. As members or leaders of a group, we are confronted with decisions constantly; some may be ordinary, and some may test our morals and our beliefs. The ability to make sound, and sometimes quick, decisions can mean the difference between success and failure. In extreme cases, even life-altering errors may be avoided if you learn what it truly means to be a positive team member, a dynamic leader, and an excellent decision maker.
1) Students will learn about the importance of building positive interpersonal relationships.
2) Students will explore the significance of teamwork with an emphasis upon how to become a more productive team member.
3) Students will examine the role of a group leader by focusing upon the importance of leadership skills and providing illustrations of how to be a more effective leader.
4) Students will learn how leaders can use team-building skills to help their teams meet goals more effectively.
5) Students will examine the importance of decision-making skills, and learn a simple process that can help all of us make better decisions.
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There are many teams in school besides the obvious athletic ones: yearbook, student council, and the most common, classroom groups assigned to work together on a project. Each group will do a better job if it has a skilled leader and members committed to working toward the common goal. This program points out that leaders need to have a vision keep communication open, and delegate responsibility, among other tasks. Group members will probably be a mix of competitive Type A, and more laid back Type B people. In addition, there are various roles people can play in the group: initiator, clarifier, peacemaker, as well as supporter. However, clowns, blockers, and dominators obstruct progress. A confident voice presents the information, as various interesting scenes illustrate the information. Important points appear onscreen. Learning about the need for good interpersonal relationships, the leader? responsibilities, and the numerous complex roles involved in group dynamics will help promote the effective goals of the team. This information can help all group learn how to function better. Another video from the same company that provides additional information about leadership is Leadership: Improving Your High School.
SOURCE: School Library Journal, December 2003 Issue
AUTHOR: Anitra Gordon, Lincoln High School Library, Ypsilanti, MI
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal Copyright ©
By Cahners Business Information
A Division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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