THERAPY GROUP LEADER QUALITIES 1
One of my major strengths as a therapy group therapy leader is beingtask-oriented. My focus is to ensure that the objectives of the groupare achieved within the stipulated timeframe. At the same time, I amalso people-oriented. According to Beck (2000), this qualitypromotes team spirit by driving a person to view the interest ofothers as important as his. I tend to think about the feelings of thepeople that I guide in the therapy group. However, I believe that Iam more focused on completing tasks that engaging with people. Myother strength lies in my ability to mediate between two conflictingparties. In group therapy, conflicts abound and my mediationcapabilities always come in handy (Beck, 2000). Therefore, I amdecisive I take my time before making crucial decisions, and Ialways stand by my decision.
However, one of my major weakness is that I tend to be authoritativeto my group members. According to Hoyt et al (2003), some members ofa group therapy prefer a leader who acknowledges their feelingsrather than issuing orders. I also have issues with delegating Ialways feel that I cannot trust many people to perform tasks as wellas I can (Hoyt et al, 2003). My distrust in others always drives meto micromanage members of my group therapy- something that mostpeople loath. Finally, I do not appreciate when members keepsuggesting things that are not in alignment with the group’s goals.I quickly shut down suggestions of doing something that is notroutine.
In addition, I have a tendency of objecting ideas and tasks that donot focus on completing the tasks of the group. My limited opennessto ideas that are not task-oriented may present a challenge whenworking with a co-leader. I believe that any activities that are notaiming at achieving the objectives of the group should not even beconsidered. However, some leaders prefer to go off-book occasionally.Such a leader would suggest such activities as altering the programof the group in order to commemorate a national holiday. If I happento be a co-leader with such a person, it might pose a challenge.
When dividing roles, I usually tend to pick those that are deemedmore superior or important. For instance, if the task involvespreparing a presentation, I would choose to make the publicpresentation rather do the paperwork. This trait might affect myrelationship with a co-leader who might view me as a person thatlikes to select the prestigious roles. In the event that my co-leaderis a person who does not give up the superior roles easily, we mightend up arguing or struggling to get better roles.
I plan to develop a people-oriented approach in group therapy. Sincetherapy is all about making people better, I believe that it will beimportant that I put the feelings of my members first. The course hasalso taught me the importance of being open to suggestion that is notparticularly task oriented. Since human beings are social animals,sometimes the cohesion that arises from engaging in activities thatare not task-oriented is important in achieving the objectives of thegroup.
One of my resolves is to stop being selfish when selecting roles withmy co-leader. In the spirit of selflessness, I will divide the rolesand let my co-leader chose from the list. Rotation is a good practiceto ensure that the distribution of the hard roles is even (Hoyt etal, 2003). I also plan to be more open to the suggestions of myco-leaders, even when they are not in line with the group’sroutine. Sometimes doing something differently opens up realizationsof better ways of achieving goals.
Beck, A. P. (1996). Group processes: A developmental perspective.International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 46 (3), 443-446
Hoyt, C. L., Murphy, S. E., Halverson, S. K., & Watson, C. B.(2003). Group Leadership: Efficacy and Effectiveness. GroupDynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 7 (4), 259