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The Development and Sustainability of Group Cohesion It is important to realize that in all aspects of life especially the workplace a person needs to encompass the dualities of professionalism and emotionalism in order to be a successful leader and promote group cohesiveness Due to the relative traditionalism associated with the application of professionalism this essay will deal mostly with the recent addition of emotionalism as an important factor in determining the type of leadership style necessary in developing group cohesiveness Emotions are an essential and unavoidable element of organizational life Despite the fact that members in organizations experience emotions in many different forms researchers have often failed to study the effects of emotion in the workplace This new development in organizational behavior suggests that these types of considerations should be discussed and investigated further when evaluating different approaches to the development of group cohesiveness Developing a strategy for the development of group cohesiveness is dependent upon many different factors Group dynamics are influenced by distinctiveness from the organization as a whole and also in the composition and development of the particular group structure involved Once isolated this group structure may present other barriers to the development of effective group cohesiveness such as intra- and inter-group conflicts that arise from the particular merit system established within the group For example if group members are not evaluated on a perteam basis members may develop unhealthy competitiveness within the individual group itself Briggins 81 One inherent paradox within most group structures is the need for trust to exist before trust can develop This adds difficulty to establishing group cohesiveness within any group no matter the form An example of a loss in group cohesiveness from external group conflicts may arise when there is a lack of distinction between the evaluation of each particular group with the result of tension being established Tensions are often fuelled by affective or expressive concerns that have little to do with
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