Leadership And Teams : Conformity

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Leadership and Teams – Conformity Teams are prevalent in all walks of life. People participate in teams through church, volunteering, school, sports, and now in the workplace. Working together in teams in the workplace is becoming increasingly popular. So much so that Robbins, S. P., De Cenzo, D. A., & Coulter, M. (2015) states that and estimated 80% of Fortune 500 companies have at least half their employees working in teams. Teams are thought to outperform individual work and help achieve organizational goals faster. Work team use complementary skills and use a collective performance to reach goals. Work teams rely on key components like structure, diversity, autonomy, and specific goals to remain effective. Although individuals want to develop close relationships and become cohesive with team members, we must try to remain ourselves and not always feel the need to conform in order to feel accepted. Managers can help avoid these conformity pressures by creating a team in which members can be themselves and voice their opinions without fear of retaliation. Managers must also look at contemporary leadership views to lead teams effective, maximize their strengths, and avoid pitfalls along the way. Conformity in Team As defined by Robbins, S. P., De Cenzo, D. A., & Coulter, M. (2015), conformity is adjusting one’s behavior to align with a group’s norms. A study done by Solomon Asch (1951) found that 35% of participants in the research study would conform to group
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