chapter  9
21 Pages

Group Leadership: The Descent

In terms of process, these groups used a kind of Tavistock model, which focused on process reflections or group-as-a-whole comments. These groups were both successful and unsuccessful. Some of the groups developed more cohesiveness, whereas other languished in the beginning stages of develop­ ment. In all cases, the groups were instructive for both the leader and the group members. Viewing these groups, here, through the lens of chaos the­ ory, provides an additional perspective on the demands made on the group leader at each stage of development. Hopefully this discussion is both useful for the new group facilitator and to experienced leaders who are working to deepen their understanding of group dynamics and the art ofleadership.