group leader must be able to not only identify the potential for conflict, but also understand when to bring it out and when to distract

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In a group setting, it is natural for people to feel subject to the judgment of the others within the group. Add to that, the pressure and stress of opening up to group dissection and conflict will happen. Conflict, according to Forsyth (2014) “occurs when the action or beliefs of other members are unacceptable to and resisted by another member” (p. 434).

Therefore the group leader must be able to not only identify the potential for conflict, but also understand when to bring it out and when to distract (Forsyth, 2014). For those times when conflict needs to be addressed, the group leader should focus on staying present (Corey, Corey & Haynes, 2014). This is effective because staying in the present can facilitate true participation. Through talking about how the members feel in that moment, they can bond through similar thoughts, respect alternate thoughts and get a better sense of who the other members are. It is not as personal, but it is reflective of their inner self (Corey, Corey & Haynes, 2014). Being present helps build familiarity, trust and therefore a healthy foundation.

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A leader should be familiar with the common group behaviors such as the chronic talker, dominator, distracter, the rescuer, the resistant and the member who is out to sabotage the leader (Jacobs et al., 2014). By being aware, the leader can develop a working policy of how best to deal with these members. Jacobs et al., (2012) assert “all behavior is purposeful” (p.395). However, a leader should keep a balanced perspective and be vigilant against their biases and stereotypes. It is not a given that if a member comes in exhibiting a certain behavior that they should be labeled forever. A group leader should willing to let the label go, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31 New International Version).


Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Haynes, R. (2014). Groups in action: Evolution and challenges (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Forsyth, D. R. (2014). Group dynamics (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Jacobs, E. E., Masson, R. L., Harvill, R. L., & Schimmel, C. J. (2012). Group counseling: Strate

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