The following values are focused on groups. Successful leaders will look for ways to incorporate these values into their groups.
Collaboration refers to the need for groups to draw on the experiences and talents of all members. When you consider leadership as a process – a learning and engagement opportunity for everyone – rather than a position that one holds, you recognize that the success of a group is contingent on the active participation and contribution from all members. When you find yourself working in groups, take the time to learn the talents of group members, so the talents can be used to further the success of your groups. Sometimes as leaders, we want to believe that we have all the answers to problems, but in reality, when we engage others in the problem solving process, we are able to generate better solutions by incorporating different views and ideas.
Controversy with Civility recognizes that there will always be difference in viewpoints and opinions when you bring together groups of people. Controversy with Civility encourages group members to respect the opinions of others and listen to differing viewpoints with an open mind rather than immediately shutting down or considering your rebuttal. The goal of this process is to consider the differences that exist and look for ways to move forward with common purpose. At a university as diverse at Georgia State, you will likely encounter individuals who have a different view of the world than your own view. Take the time to listen to others as well as share your perspective – you never know what you might learn.
Common Purpose refers to groups of people working together towards a common goal. When groups are united under a common vision, they are more successful because members recognize where the group is headed and the role that they will play in the group’s success. You might be inclined when assigned group work to jump right in and start assigning tasks, but taking the time early on to understand the goal of the group as well as the strengths of the individual members will result in a better product. As you decide on groups that you would like to join, be sure that you are clear on their purpose and determine if the goals of the group mesh with your personal values and beliefs.