The Stages Of Group Development

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Amanda Jones Duax Speech 331 Research Paper Group Development Stages of group development have been defined as forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning (Tuckman, 1965, 1977). This widely accepted model serves as the basis for my exploration into the dynamics of group development. This paper will also look at the potential conflicts that groups may encounter through each of these stages as well as the possible actions and approaches to resolve the conflict. In the first stage, the Forming stage, personal relationships are being built. Members might rely on behavior that is safe, looking to the group leader for guidance and direction. The forming stage takes place when the group first meets each other. In this…show more content…
One of the best ways to avoid any member feeling excluded or not part of the group is to make sure all members are listened to, respected, and seen as an important part of the total group dynamic. Stage Two begins when the group begins to work together, this is the "storming" stage. This stage is unavoidable and every group goes through this part of development (Smith, 2001). At this stage, competition, struggle for status, and acceptance of ideas are common interactions. Members learn to solve problems as a group, and settle into the roles and responsibilities that they play in the group. If this does not happen, questions will arise about who is going to be responsible for what, and what the group rules consist of. The group leadership has an crucial task in the storming stage, one that ensures that group members respect, listen, and understand their differences and ideas. Conflicts can occur at this stage over leadership style or lack thereof. If the members don’t like the way the leader handles conflict, power, or authority, they may develop feelings of distrust or judgment (1). Another type of conflict arises when different opinions on how to approach the group task cannot be settled. This can be a hard stage for more passive group members who avoid conflict. Uncomfortableness that is generated during this stage, some group members may remain silent while others are dominate. Not allowing any one team member
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