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COM 520, Spring 2013 – Reading Guide Questions for March 6


For LaFasto & Larson:

They identify six factors that their survey research suggests are the hallmark of effective team members.  For each of the six:

a) identify it by name and express it in your own words

b) do you agree that it’s essential that a team member have this attribute?  What examples from your own experience in teams/groups suggest that it is – or isn’t?

c)  do you agree with their analysis of why members might or might not display this attribute?


For Kramer:

1. The lit review is a pretty extensive and useful summary of the literature on leadership in groups.  The sources he cites may be useful for your papers, so you should read it carefully.  My question to you about the lit review, though, is this:  What's his complaint about the assumptions that studies of group leadership have traditionally made?  (141-145)

2. What does he say makes community theater groups particularly interesting sites for studying group leadership?  What exactly was he trying to learn in this study? (145-146)

3.  How did he do the study? (147-149)

4. So what did he learn about shared group leadership?  About how leaders emerge?

5.  What other take-aways from this article have you identified?

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