Follow–up on Leadership
Workshop Tutor: Mary Sage
Here's a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points
- I would like to learn effective techniques to get the most out of even the most quiet people.
Having attended the leading a group project workshop we were introduced to the use of 'post-it notes' as a tool of communicating ideas in order to remove the disadvantage to those less confident in speaking. This was a useful insight into engaging everyone in a group on the same level and something that can be applied to my academic group work. I would like to learn of any further techniques like this in the following leadership meetings, to continue to get the most out of everyone in a group. Plus, the effectiveness of communication in writing was also illustrated in my role as a PGSSLC, as a letter which we submitted detailing the major course concern of assessment feedback resulted in the immediate improvement in student tutor communications relating to this, via email.
- I would like to implement the understanding of my preferred leadership style and Belbin roles to my continued academic group projects.
After first being introduced to the Belbin roles in the working in a team workshop I have continued to keep this in mind when engaging in academic group work. I am very much a co-ordinator and like to keep an eye on the big picture of the task we are completing whilst also trying to provide the characteristics of a monitor evaluator which I have found so far, is usually the most neglected role. After reading week, I'm now moving into my next module and hope to carry this understanding into my next group assignment. I would also like to learn the best way, or techniques to encourage those driven by last minute deadlines to complete work sooner in the following leadership meetings.
- To further my understanding and empathy with others I will try to spend more time with individuals with course concerns.
As well as spending more time talking to students with course concerns I will also try to be more active on the course facebook pages in order to encourage more discussion. To illustrate that we listen and address the students concerns we also post the minutes from our meetings and we have been surprised that students do indeed take the time to read and comment on these. This has been encouraging and to further my understanding of leadership I have been reading through the "explore and develop your leadership potential" booklet we were provided at the end of the last session.