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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN (A. T. Still University)
Description: This book provides a basic and informative guide to learning and applying group leadership skills.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers the theory and skills needed to lead and participate in group activities. Group and committee work are essential components of most positions in healthcare, and learning more about how to best manage group interactions is a valuable skill and asset.
Audience: The ideal audience would be students who are learning how to develop their own leadership skills and interactivity in groups. This book also would be an excellent resource for new leaders or anyone else wanting to know more about the psychology and management of group interactions.
Features: Each chapter is well designed and supported with prominent research in the area which supports the theory development with current and historical evidence. Many important topics for team leaders or managers are addressed: how to form groups, how best to structure and delegate group tasks, how to deal with special groups, and useful leadership skills. The book is well designed with large print, good use of white space, and bulleting and bolding of headings to enhance navigability. Multiple highlighted group leader challenges are available throughout the book to promote reflection on the theory and encourage application of some of the principles. The book includes many useful tips on how to operate in groups and manage conflict, with wonderful simulation activities at the end of each chapter to sharpen learning in this area. The simulation activities are excellent resources for use in a workshop or teaching environment.
Assessment: This is an excellent guide for key principles of leadership in managing group dynamics. The author obviously is very skilled and knowledgeable about human and organizational behavior. A very good resource for leaders.