Whether you are a school monitor yourself or a group project leader, managing a lot of clashing personalities is not easy.
I’ve had my share of delicate situations to handle as a monitor, so I’m confident enough to share my thoughts and tips on the matter. Let’s take a look at some important things that every serious college group leader should learn.
Give clear instructions
Your group will most likely act according to the rules your present them with. If you are a laid-back group leader with a relaxed personality, that mindset will be projected on your entire team. Don’t fall into the trap of giving unclear, confusing or nonexistent instructions to your group.
Segment your group
While your group is a cohesive whole, in your mind it should work differently. Segment your group into productive and unproductive people – then segment the group based on their motivation, relevant skills, and character traits.
Do all of this without the group actually knowing what you are doing. Relocate and reshuffle group members based on who would be best suited for work with each other in order to boost morale and productivity.
Delegate important tasks
You are a group leader or a school monitor and no one can take that title away from you. However, delegating important tasks such as giving someone a chance to replace you for 15 minutes or by giving someone pen and paper to keep notes for the entire group is a great idea. This is an especially smart tactic if you have uninterested or bored people in the group and need to reanimate them somehow.
Motivate your group
It’s difficult to motivate someone who doesn’t have enough energy to participate in a college group activity. You can motivate your entire group with speeches, quotes, displays of your own skills in that matter or by giving advice or examples.
There is a multitude of ways in which you can reactivate your group if they don’t see a point in doing anything during the class – it all depends on the type of people you are given charge of.
It’s always a good idea to give your group tasks that they can’t complete individually. Think about the type of people you have under your control and allocate tasks that are suited to their combined knowledge and skills.
You can also give them easier tasks that simply require much more work to be completed on time and emphasize cooperation in that way. Use your best judgment in regards to the people you are working with and your history with them.
Discipline is very important in both group management and school monitoring. A single student can cause an upheaval in the entire auditorium if you let them go on with their antics.
Learning how to control these situations is difficult and the best way to do so is to be faced with them in real life. You can shut down a person by asking them to leave, threatening to file a formal complaint or by simply dropping them out of the group or a test entirely.
Implement group feedback
The best way to develop a team spirit is to have each member say something about others on the team. A group that understands each other and works together for a common goal is all you really need to achieve as a leader. Once a group is ready to accept criticism and feedback from one another, your job as their leader will be reduced to a monitoring role.
It takes time and failure to build up a strong group of college students that want to work together despite their differences. Don’t be strict from the get-go and try leveling the playing field by helping them out from time to time.
The friendlier you are in their eyes, the more influences you will have over them. Use that opportunity to build up respect and authority. By the time they realize what is going on, you will have established yourself as a successful leader of the group.