Demographic Characteristics and Cultural Diversity

1392 Words Apr 3rd, 2007 6 Pages
Abstract
Groups and teams are affected by many variables and factors. Being able to identify that factors that impact the groups and team success is a valuable asset in order for groups and teams to become high performance groups and teams. Every group or team leader must be aware of the demographic characteristics and the cultural diversity of the team in order to become effective.

Groups and Teams There are many factors that affect a team's performance; from leadership and communication, to demographic characteristics and cultural diversity. Each impacts the team in its own way. With out these major factors being forced upon a team or group individuals will tend to stray focus from the mission at hand. Different Leadership styles
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Schermerhorn). As a team, striving for higher performance and productivity must be accomplished in order to notice gains and remarkable outcomes. Set Goals is what every group and team work to accomplish. In order to achieve a high performance team or group, every team Leader must be aware on how the demographic characteristics and cultural diversity impacts them. Through effective communication a leader will know the background of the members of the team and placing them in an area that they are subject matter experts. An implied fact is that all members of a team or group will share a common interest but may not be able to accomplish or fulfill a position as well as another. Females may not be able to lift as much weight as a males or Caucasian may not speak Spanish in a Hispanic dominated area. Theses different factors will take an effect on the outcome or end results to any team or groups finial Goals. Positive results are what every group or team strives for. A group is an assembly of three or more people gathered together for a purpose. A team is an organized group of people gathered together with the same purpose and interest; reason there is a difference between a high performance group and a high performance team. For example, in a high performance group every person in the group is performing well individually, and if this individual has high performance, it does not mean that this
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