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JLBC TEAM BUILDING AT THE SQUAD LEVEL


JLBC TEAM BUILDING AT THE SQUAD LEVEL

Cohesiveness relates to the internal group dynamics of maturity, homogeneity, size, and how frequently the team interacts. External forces can also increase a group's cohesiveness: factors like competition or the presence of an external threat. Completing a task, goal, or mission will also increase cohesiveness within a group.

If the team's goals align with an organization's goals, cohesive teams are productive and beneficial. However, an excessive amount of cohesiveness can lead to issues within a team. Groupthink is one issue where cohesiveness and the desire to have a unanimous decision are more important than a thorough and critical analysis of alternative courses of action. Groupthink occurs when individuals set aside their personal beliefs to achieve consensus with the group.

Emotional intelligence, the ability to express emotions and perceive emotions, as well as the ability to understand and use those emotions positively, also promotes group cohesiveness.

Informal Leadership

Most groups or teams have a formal leader appointed by an organization. An informal leader is another member that the group looks to for leadership. It may be because of referent or expert power, rank, or other factors, such as subject matter expertise. The informal leader can be a positive factor that adds to the group if they work in the organization's best interests. If they are counterproductive, remove them from the group.

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