The way members of a small group communicate contribute mostly to the success or failure of the group. The last time I worked in a group, we were planning a charity visit to an adult social care facility. Unfortunately, our working together was unproductive because the event was a total disaster. The group work was unproductive because we did not establish a competent form of communication from the beginning. On the specific day of the visit, members were not aware of the responsibilities and duties expected of them. Also, we had not scheduled dailies and mostly communicated via mails. The mail communication did not help in building cohesiveness among members, and therefore, no sense of commitment from all of us. Eventually, there was no precise balance of group roles (McCornack & Ortiz 267)
In this group, I was not a leader. At first, it was hard to tell who the leader of the group was since so specific people would steer the meetings the few times we met. However, I could finally tell who the leader was by the way she was ordering people around, and trying to take charge while facing opposition from verbally aggressive members. Therefore, even if we finally did the charity event to the adult social care facility, it was not how I imagined we would complete the task. It is because we were not able to establish any competent communication amongst ourselves as members. Leadership responsibilities were for some chosen few, with some members not contributing any ideas nor handling any specific duty. Also, we did not establish positive norms for our group. For instance, we formulated no ground rules when we started working together. Therefore, I can say we failed because of poor communication.
McCornack, Steven, and Joseph Ortiz. Loose-Leaf Version for Choices & Connections: An Introduction to Communication. Macmillan Higher Education, 2019.