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Leadership in Group Settings The definition of a small group is a group having at least three and no more than fifteen members At least three members are necessary to keep the group from being two of the same and a maximum of fifteen members is important to avoid inhibition of the group members ability to freely communicate with fellow group members Effective Group Discussion 2001 It is necessary for the group to have a common purpose or goal in order to bring the group together and help the group to avoid conflict and tension Small group communication is an important part of everyday life We are all involved in some type of small group in some way In all aspects of the dynamics of a small group this is a perfect example of how important communication is According to Merriam-Websters Dictionary online Group dynamics is the interacting forces within a small human group wwwmerriam-webstercom 2000 It includes the sociological study of these forces The term was first introduced in the US by the German-American psychologist Kurt Lewin One of his findings was that group behavior affects many aspects of life Group dynamics is concerned with the structure and functioning of groups and with the types of roles played by members Roles are flexible and may change with changing goals or activities The study of group dynamics is important in order to understand and facilitate this movement so that it will be productive and beneficial to society The group seems to have developed effective mechanisms to control the disruptive rising of conflicts and the ability to enhance more harmonic relationships heightening the original good characteristics and sharing a common ideal of social harmony The dynamics and the interpersonal and interpersonal relations within an isolated group in extreme environments 2000 In the following paragraphs information and examples is presented on how groups form how they are motivated and how they can be
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