Examples of Group Dynamics

by Greg Skloot
Management   |   4 Min Read
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Have you ever work in a group where it felt like everyone just “clicked”? There wasn’t any simmering tension, and it felt like each person’s strengths perfectly overlapped others’ weaknesses. This is not an accident: great leaders put tremendous effort into assembling groups that have a strong group dynamics.

What are group dynamics?

Group dynamics are a measure of the way a set of people operate together. It’s both the efficiency of how productive the group is (i.e. how much is accomplished and quality) and the ease with which the groups works together (i.e. how often the group gets stuck, how people help each other, etc). When we get the “working together” part right, it makes it far easier to accomplish results that are high quality.

It’s not easy to build effective groups at work, and it’s a skill that many leaders often practice to improve. The recipe comes down to 3 “ingredients”:

1. Alignment on plans

When each person understands what direction the team is going and why, they are aligned. Alignment ensures there is no ambiguity, and everyone can march in the same direction. This eases tension to help create a strong team dynamic. You can create alignment by writing down plans, getting early buy-in from the leaders who will be implementing the plans, and communicating regular progress.

2. Transparency on progress

As a team works together, inevitably issues will arise. Unforeseen problems will need to be addressed. In order to fix these issues, it’s critical that the team is transparent on the progress being made and issues encountered. This should be shared in weekly team meetings and written status updates.

3. Accountability for results

A team builds a great dynamic when they trust each other to deliver. Building a culture of accountability ensures that everyone will be held to a high standard. This trust and mutual understanding also helps contribute to effective group dynamics.

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How can you get these 3 ingredients for your group and improve your group dynamics in the workplace? Try these tactics:

Examples of Group Dynamics

1. Over communicate

Strong groups talk, a lot. They share what is going on and discuss problems. This frequent communication helps them detect issues early and implement a fix quickly, before something escalates.

2. Never shy away from conflict

Conflict can be uncomfortable, and at first glance you may think “how could a team that often has conflict have a great team dynamic?” Conflict is a healthy part of a strong group, and getting issues out in the open helps everyone trust each other more. It also prevents a simmering issue from getting worse.

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3. Write down the details

Finally, get it in writing. When you write down important details about your plans and progress, it becomes much easier to stay aligned, accountable and transparent. Consider using a mixture of shared Google Docs, project management and automated update tools to keep your team on the same page.

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