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ERIC Number: ED360661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-15
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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A Group Leadership Exercise.
Meyer, John; Stafford, Jeff
A group leadership exercise that incorporates the elements of leadership and other aspects of interaction within small groups can be useful in a basic communication course. The exercise is designed around three basic leadership styles: laissez-faire, democratic, and authoritarian. The exercise is conducted in the following way: (1) the class divides into groups of five to seven persons; (2) each group selects a leader in any manner it chooses; (3) each student leader is assigned a leadership style so that all three styles are evenly represented; (4) student leaders are instructed about each leadership style; (5) leaders return to the groups and oversee the group as it decides in what order 10 steps should be taken when developing a new project for a corporation; and (6) for future discussion the instructor notes the varying types of interactions occurring within the groups. The exercise may take from 20 minutes to the entire class session, depending on the depth of discussion desired. Groups with different styles of leadership may have different experiences and results, as may each class participating in the exercise. These differences can be discussed with the class. The group leadership exercise allows for a diversity of paths available for processing. (A handout for group members is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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