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I'm part of a really tense group project this semester with poor leadership. The silver lining is I've gained some idea of what makes a good leader by watching the girl leading our group fail miserably.

So far 3 out of 5 of our team have quit because of her angry micro-managing.

Three of the best ideas I've learned are:

1. Before assuming things about someone's performance, find out as much information as possible about what is going on with their work, their thoughts about the group, their personal life, etc. Then make your decision.

2. Support and reward teammates with encouragement. People will be less likely to follow your instructions if you threaten or scold. Even if the person is uncooperative and unpleasant, think "What do I want from this person that will best help the team and how can I get them to do that?".

Most likely there is some capacity, however small, in which they can contribute to the project. If not, kick them off the team.

3. Bury your ego. Your goal is for the project to succeed and you need your team to be happy/productive to do that. During the project you may have to eat shit as you tolerate unpleasant/irrational behavior.

After the project, address tense topics without danger of your team's unhappiness affecting the project outcome. In the worst case, select a different team next time. But at the very least, you finished the project successfully.

Your best tips??
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I've always thought the best leaders are those who know the strengths and weaknesses of their team members and how to utilize them in a way that plays to their strengths. If you have a shitty kid on a group project then you sometimes have to give them something trivial to do, but still keeps them involved, and just pull the extra weight.
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Haha, my best advice is to get into a position of corporate leadership ASAP because student group projects, no matter who is leading them, are unwinnable situations.
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While micromanaging is always a terrible situation to be in, I always make a policy of forming the team into a pseudo-family for the duration of the project. I find that when the team members actually care for each other on a personal level they are less likely to drop the ball. That usually means, socialising together outside of class/work hours and/or having meals together on a daily basis.
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Faculty adviser asked the girl to step down as leader. She proceeded to dissolve in front of us.

Most dramatic activity I have ever been involved in.
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In for later... I micro-managed a group of 18 for a semester long project for my systems analysis & design class and we did very well. We ended breaking the group into subgroups of 6, with two other leaders leading their respective subgroups. There were some conflicts with some group members missing out-of-class meetings but in the end, we resolved everything and earned a 95% on our project. Im also taking an OB course with much emphasis on leadership styles and theories. Got a few finals today so will add more later.

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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Haha, my best advice is to get into a position of corporate leadership ASAP because student group projects, no matter who is leading them, are unwinnable situations.

Corporate leader as a college student?? Student group project helps us develop leadership and management skills as well as emotional intelligence. There is a reason why graduate programs involves MANY group projects.

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