Groups are most of the time, tough to handle. May it be at the office, school or even in our local community. The individual uniqueness and defining character of each member will put color and identity to the rest of the pack. Though a group works for a common goal, their personal agendas tend to complicate their relationship and jeopardize their objectives which then may lead to division.
This is one of the challenges leaders face every time they handle a team, especially one who is unfamiliar with their own team.
I have been handling a choral group for more than a decade now and several times did I fail to keep a member within our side of the fence. Church choirs are one of the hardest groups to maintain and seldom will this kind of group be a choice among young adults of the current generation.
Of course singing would be the common denominator among choral groups but aside from that, some personal interests will somehow determine if one would stay long enough to do church ministry.
I have seen new members be pushed away by discriminating and unwelcoming associates while others get bored and eventually lose interest. Additionally, some were just forced to join because of peer pressure.
Frustrations and a good amount of disappointment has made me realize that my choral group will need a lot of work than just making them sing every week during church service.
Having bonding moments, sharing inspiring words and reminding them of the group’s objective are some of the ingredients in my recipe to keep them in tow. Paying close attention to each ones need, problems and even personal matters somehow built an effective rapport between each person. Confident enough to voice out both their strengths and weaknesses rather than just focusing on their weakness, the group can take advantage of their forte to be able take part in team work.
Rules may be set to serve only as a guide. Strategies will not only be formulated by the leader but also the voice of each member should be heard.
It is important that each one will feel their importance in the group for them to function accordingly and be an effective team with a common purpose.