The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

It doesn’t matter if you’re in Middle School, High School, or Post Secondary School – we are all familiar with the drop in our stomach as the teacher announces, “this is a group assignment – and I’m choosing your partners.” Had you at least been given the chance to make your own group, you could have collaborated with the students you know that share the same mindset and work ethic as you.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

You must now spend the next few weeks conversing with the Know-It-All, The Unmotivated, and The Procrastinator.

Good luck.

Our teachers frequently tell us that group work is preparing us for our futures in a professional workplace. That is the hard truth. Regardless if you plan on going into a career involving presentations and projects, learning to socialize with different personalities can make you an overall better person and employee.

Make an effort in working things out however if needed, don’t be afraid to seek help from your teacher.

By learning to respect and embrace your peers’ personalities, you will work with them more efficiently and hopefully avoid stressful, head clashing arguments. You have to learn to accept that people are different and from there, you must choose your actions and words appropriately.

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The “know it all” student struggles with trusting others to do their work out of fear of failing.

They seek dominance and persistently force their ideas onto the group to have a final project as they envisioned. They’re not often interested in other people’s opinions so it is important to remind them that it’s group work and everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. By implicating a majority wins rule, the student will lose complete control and be forced to work with other ideas.

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The “unmotivated” student is the member you may actually fear assigning work to.

Simply watching a persons actions and work ethics in class, will most likely reflect how they will work in a group. Regardless if they’re capable of completing the work, they’ll deprioritize the group and the assignment. By relying on them to complete a portion of the work, you are depending on them to give their full effort, if completing the work at all. It is important to be assertive with this person. Threaten to remove them from the group unless they put in an effort and complete what was assigned.

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The “procrastinator” is capable of completing the work and has every intention of doing so, at their own pace that is.

They will be attentive at the meetings and share their opinions however your project has been deprioritized, once again. It may take late night phone calls or persistent Facebook messages but sure enough, you will get the required work. Stay persistent and emphasis the urgency, especially if it’s Sunday night and your responsibility is to finalize and print the project.

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Those are three of the many personalities you’ll encounter in school and your workplace. It’s important to be patient as a group and rely on each other for help when necessary. Remain calm in stressful situations and put your foot down when necessary.

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