Critical Reflection Essay

Critical reflection In the case study group work, we formed a team of four. There were Selena, Elton, Annie and I. we introduced ourselves to others groups members after we formed the group, and we decided Selena to be the team leader. I agreed with that leader is the person who display group-oriented values, values that focus on the welfare of the group rather than on the self-interest of the leader (Graf et al, 2012). We agreed that Selena has the ability to lead our team. Although she is lack of the knowledge of the case study topic, she is an honest and ethical person to be the leader, and we would like to share our ideas with her.

The democratic leadership style was the method we adopted, which meant everyone can be involved in the leadership process. The democratic leadership is a very open and collegial style of running a team, due to the ideas move freely amongst the group members (Ferguson, 2011). The fact proved that the democratic leadership style was suitable for our group. During our group meeting, no one was expected to know everything, some of us have part of the information and others have another. Therefore, we shared our own ideas and got benefits from others opinions.

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Our group was the first one to deliver the presentation, so everything seemed to be in a rush. We intended to have for group meetings. The first meeting was choosing the topic, discussing and researching the relevant information. The second one was collecting and organising the information. The third meeting was used to creating the PowerPoint and the hand in paper. The last one was checking the PPT through and allocating the presentation to each one. However, we just had three group meetings and last two meetings were merged together. The planning and organising are extremely important for the group work.

Because the planning set the direction, while the organising creates the structures (Schermerhorn et al, 2011, p339). The first problem we faced was which topic of the case study to choose. In the first group meeting, we spent two hours to read and analysis the topics of international business management and the ethical behaviour. Our discussion was in a friendly atmosphere, although in the beginning, Selena and Annie held the different opinions of the topic chosen. We shared our ideas and analysis the strengths and weaknesses if we chose each of the topic separately.

Finally we made a decision to do the case study topic ‘Sytyam- the Enron of India’, an ethical behaviour topic, which we were more interested in. The word ‘team’ is defined as a collection of people who regularly interact to achieve common goals (Schermerhorn et al, 2011, p425). There was no doubt that each of us did participant the group work and shared ideas. However, in some group meetings, we were lack of one or two members. In order to solve the absent problem, we did make phone calls and messages to deliver our ideas.

In my view, it was really important to communicate with others, so that we would gain potential benefits of working as a group. In the group work, communication skills and commitment are essential, which required making the most of the contributions of all group members. Our goal was to present a well researched presentation to the rest of the class and crab others’ interests. In the group discussion, we found that if we just put the critical thinking questions and the theories on the PowerPoint, it seemed to be boring and dull. Annie thought that we need interactions with the rest of the class.

Let the rest of the class to think about the questions firstly, so that everyone can participant in. And the ones who share their ideas with the class reward a small present. I also caught up an idea that inserts the pictures and short video to the PPT, making the presentation more attractive. Applied to Helen Northen & Roselle Kurland (2001) group work model, four stage of group development should be done and each stage has developmental issues which must be resolved before moving onto the next. There are orientation, exploration, goal achievement and termination.

We did instruction session and knew each other and got the contact numbers of each member. We did the exploration session and then achieved the common goal. Finally after the presentation, we got the positive feedback. I learned how to work as a team through the group project. I also gained the communication and interpersonal skills, which are helpful to our future study. References Graf, M. , Schuh, S. , Quaquebeke, N. , & Dick, R. (2012). The Relationship Between Leaders’ Group-Oriented Values and Follower Identification with and Endorsement of Leaders: The Moderating Role of Leaders’ Group Membership.

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