Good communication skills is one of the most critical parts of our life especially when dealing with group interaction.it is the only means through which we express our behaviours, thoughts and feelings both verbally and non-verbally. (Curtis, J et al. 2013). In the group, we initially thought there was no need of having the team leaders, but as time went by, we realized how important it was. We turned to one of the group members to give us directions. In one of our team meetings, the team leader was much pre-occupied and could not make to attend the meeting. One of the members requested to know how urgent and the important the matter was but the group leader became very rude and hashed to everybody in the group. The situation caused a lot of mayhem among the members since this did not work ager well with them. They spoke so ill of the team leader, and some even wanted to withdraw from the team. I realised that someone needed to intervene and rescue the crew. I took the leadership position to calm them down and persuade them to stick together to complete the work required. I have always given the skill of interacting with others effectively a lot of attention. In every situation, I find a reason to improve my communication skills which have been helpful in smooth and friendly socialisation with all people (Bays, A et al. 2014). My ability to express and ideas, emotions as well as feelings efficiently enhance a useful and productive conversation. Using my skills, I was able to calm everybody down and bring some order back into the team (Paterson, C. and Chapman, J., 2013).
Upon reflection, my impression was that our leader was very rude, but I saw no need of taking it personally. I felt that what she said was just but a projection of her own emotions and feelings, therefore, we only became the victims of her circumstances.at some point I thought that she was not aware of how rude she was. I felt the urge to let her know how she made the group members believe since she was a close friend. In my mind, I knew I had to be cautious with how I approached the issue. She would quickly become defensive and force me to stop any conversation with her that would lead to a resolution.
All that I witnessed during the group discussion was a lot of drama, and I knew I was not going to let myself be part of it. I took my time before reacting or responding in any way to what was happening. This step was significant in calming down my emotions and helping other team members to put themselves together. As I was sited the feeling of kindness and the need for peace, love and harmony was overwhelming had to be polite to everybody because different people act at their level of awareness, empathy and consciousness. (Hogg, M and Terry, D 2014).
Through the experience, I learnt that being calm, humble and kind are some of the essential aspect of communication. To efficiently explore the three elements, self-confidence is essential. While confidence is a fundamental requirement, it is always good to remain humble. It is okay to have a misunderstanding of something, but it is good to acknowledge it to others. The knowledge demonstrates that you do not only consider your decisions and opinions, but you also reflect on the decisions and views of the people who are close to you.
Many people often overlook kindness as a sign of weakness without realising that a little consideration helps you to live well with all people. Humility is also crucial for proper interactions. Humility demonstrates to people that you value them, and you place yourself at the same level with them. I also learnt that being composed and calm in some tough situations very challenging but very essential in helping one remain sober (Maloney, S. et al. 2013). Remaining calm make people to like you and think you are a good leader who can be in control and solve different circumstances at hand. My experience in the group has helped me realise it is not possible to control what happens to me but I can influence how I deal with situations in a way people drift towards. The case also helped me to know that my ego is very high. Though it has often been overlooked, having a big ego makes one behave in an arrogant manner which is terrible. I intend to do everything in my capacity to deal with my ego in whichever situation I find myself (Davies, S., 2012).
In my review, the situations enlightened me to see how vital the interpersonal skills are. Some of the interpersonal skills include verbal and non-verbal communication skills, listening skills, problem-solving and social awareness. I need to improve my problem-solving skills through more interactions with people of different demographic groups. There is every need to work on my ability to identify a problem very fast and examine all options that pertain solutions. I will achieve this by increasing my exposure to people of different social classes and environment. I must also improve my social awareness and use every opportunity I get to help people solve various problems. My emotions and interests have to come after everything else to become more active. I was able to weigh the emotions and feelings of others and put them into consideration before deciding how to help them (Jayatilleke, N. and Mackie, A., 2013).
In conclusion, the situation was not only a challenge to me, but it gave me a plat for to use some of the interpersonal skills in coming up with a solution to a problem. It helped me understand how different people react to different situations. Although it was challenging for me to calm down the team members, it gave me an experience of desiring to interact with different people to advance my skills in problem-solving. (Martin, J and Nakayama, T 2013).The situation also taught me that speaking rudely is a habit to some people and there is nothing much I can do to change it unless the individuals are willing. For example, when I tried to approach our group leader, she was very adamant to admit she had done something wrong. This kind of attitude made it more difficult to help her deal with the habit. The power of non-verbal and verbal skills to demonstrate how much you understand and feel with a group of people should never be underestimated in getting a solution to a specific problem. The problem would alternatively be solved by letting people express themselves and leave for home but later call them to have the matter sorted out. This w kind of step would help everyone to relax, calm down and the make the right decision soberly (Well et al. 2013).
The experience revealed to me that I have to work on more interpersonal skills. My communication skills must progressively improve to help me interact with more people in future. In case I am faced with such a scenario in future, the knowledge that I have acquired from this situation will be necessary for assisting me to get a solution very fast. In future, I aim at improving my general communication skills for me to advance my ability to solve problems without waiting until it is very late (Potter, C., 2015).
Working as a team has been recommended for the success of any organisation. A lot has to be done to help people realise that working as a team as its advantages as well as challenges. People in all private and public must learn to work together harmoniously without unnecessary fights and conflict. For the idea of teamwork to operate in many organisations, some extra training must be done to help the employees develop excellent communication skills and other interpersonal skills necessary to help them interact and work together freely without many problems.
Teamwork is an essential element for the success of any organisation. Working as a team increases the reliability of an organisation primarily for the healthcare providers since safety is considered the essence of organisational progress. The principal objective of working as a team should be to improve the corporate and individual performances; therefore, it must be given a lot of attention.
A team is a group of people with the same shared objectives who work together with the aim of achieving them. Teams are made up of different sizes, shapes and are faced with different kind of challenges. In most cases, teams built up to assist the organisations accomplish their set goals and objectives (Forsyth, D.R., 2018). Groups are also used due to their ability to offer distinctive levels of competition. According to different research studies, right team environment brings the high degree of competition and interaction between individuals. Healthcare sector has been undergoing several changes internationally with the emphasis being put on the need to use teamwork. The changes are facilitated by advanced technology and increased economic as well as social issues (Arnold, N., Ducate, L. and Kost, C., 2012)
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