It was evident that thechallenge was brought about by conflict situations that surfaced on the team.This conflict was partly attributed to differing personalities, the socialcontract within the team, or the differing levels of motivation. For thisreason, having clear guidelines of the core values on the ground rules wasimportant (Bratton and Gold, 2012). What if we had an experienced leader whohad dealt with conflicts before? Would this have harmonized the taskaccomplishment within the team? Even though the team had a wealth of materialsfor the task, like decision making and leadership, something seemed to bemissing. We needed to clarify our roles and play our parts in a skilled manneras observed by Maxwell (2006).
I realized that I needed to learn what I coulddo differently next time in regards to approaching conflicts and best ways ofsolving them. I was highly inquisitive on how I could apply the conflictmanagement theory. My deep desire for the process was my motivation to play myrole as a team player rather than just to participate.
Even with relativelysome skills, in working with a groups and especially facilitation, my keyinterest was about the learning process as well as gaining more knowledgeregarding all the aspects of team dynamics.Reflecting on my roles and how they evolvedin the teamI clearly understood myroles as a team player and hence had to stay flexible and reliable until thetask would be completed. I was glad to be among different talented people andwho exhibited different skills. I knew this would help me in getting ideas on howdifferent talents would handle and solve issues surrounding them as observed byMaxwell (2006). With this in mind, I had decided to accomplish my role inhelping my group by using my strengths and a bit of experience that I had inworking with groups. According to Somech andDrach-Zahavy (2013), good team playing is when an individual optimizes his orher strengths in moving a team forward, for instance through motivation orhelping in conflict resolutions. It is usually much easier and more satisfyingto do tasks when you are naturally good at them.
Teams work together to handleissues that people cannot do on their own. This increases creativity levels asindividuals in the team tap from one another’s strengths. As a result,productivity in the project is increased and also there is the creation of inspiringsense of collaboration and cooperation, eventually moving everyone and theproject forward.
Succeeding as a team does not just involve combining differenttechnical skills but also incorporates the aspect of allowing members to takeon more general roles that cross traditional functional lines (Lederach, 2015).My key role wasfacilitating the group process and offering alternative points of view. Since thetarget of the other team members was to complete the task, I found this role abit challenging but then I had to pursue my interest in the process. As such, Ihad to ensure that each of the team members got a chance to be heard in caseswhere he or she had a point to pass across. In a situation where members had dissimilar thoughts, and sought topress on with a resolution that another member had projected, I soughtexplanations on the interest and the thought behind the proposed solution. The team members at first seemed impatientwith this new process since it was time-consuming. Although this brought about someanxiety and made me feel pressured, into giving the direction to the task, Istill found it significant for me to move slower in order to avoid conflictsand clarify our goals. I also found it to be vital in making decisions inharmony, and especially those decisions that were affecting our progress.
In one instance, in our meeting, one member ofthe team proposed an idea and immediately two other members quite unexpectedlydiscounted it without trying to comprehend the intentions of the first member.When I sought for explanations of the interests and thoughts behind thesuggestion from the first team member, the two members who discounted thesuggestion were astounded. It seemed that they became conscious of the factthat their reaction in discounting the idea was too quick. Eventually, thisidea was applied to our task. I discovered that this process gave a groupmember the chance to contribute their perspective in an environment ofinterest. In such instances, an individual feels valued in as a team memberthus increasing their motivation.
I also noticed that in such circumstances asense of openness in sharing was experienced. As the team members had initially termed this process as time-consuming,they later admitted that actually, they appreciated how this facilitationhelped the team. This came as a surpriseto me since I had no idea that my approach will be valued, in a sense Iinitially felt deviant since my interest was more in engaging in an effectualprocess while the rest of the members seemed not to share the interest.Nonetheless, with time, as we go to understand more on team dynamics as well asskilled