Group is formed when people with common objectives, aims, beliefs and preferences associate together. A group is an interdependent set of people doing a task or trying to reach a common goal (Champoux, 2011, p. 223). Group or team formation is a composed of five major stages: forming, storming, norming, performing, and transforming. This process is applicable to most of the group formation activity. While observing any formal or informal group, there arise different personalities who tend to lead the group. Since group of people do have no specific hierarchy, the tendency of members within possess two different attitude: Leader, and follower. Some people tend to dominate the group thought with their thinking presenting themselves as strong leader. In most of the situations, more than one person arises in group as a leader. After the situation, members with followers attitude try to find out the leader who can best represent them and adjust themselves on their command. Person who is a renowned personality or can dominate group with certain leadership attribute tend to become leader in the informal hierarchy. If there are more people, the group of members informally elects their leader who can better lead the group, and make the achievement possible in the most effective and efficient way between storming stage and norming stage of group formation.
At these stages, there is visible clash between members who share leadership attribute. There is clash of norms, values, beliefs, and different other factors that leads to conflict or tension among the group members. This attitude divides members within group in two or more class differentiating the leader they follow. This forms small batches within group storming for their differentiated values and beliefs. Here, the leader with high dominating attitude tends to collect more members on their side and the norming stage is completed with the decision of majority of the group. Such situation does not always solve the clash within as the contribution of dissatisfied are much less in the group task compared to the satisfied ones. So the norming stage should include the norms of both satisfied and dissatisfied sub groups to illustrate effective and efficient result of the group as a whole.
Here, the illustrated example is the group of students planning for a picnic program. Here, two different people came with two different idea for the program that is followed by other members as per their interest and priorities. This illustrates the clash of leadership values at the forming and storming stage of group formation. Here, the dissatisfied people are two leaders who are contradicting on the ideas and values of their own against others. This clash among leadership values creates tension among the leaders on their ideas about the program, also at the follower level supporting the ideas of their leaders.
Among the leaders, who can better present their idea and leadership attitude tend to divert mind of their followers establishing themselves as the effective leader among other. The belief of follower is subjected to change with the effectiveness of leaders upon their values, and belief that contributes the most on the group performance. Such solves the clashes among the members in the group and makes it effective enough to perform on the common objective that is believed to accomplish.
The observed task tend to be accomplished through the leader who tend to best fulfill the ethos of the group and perform above par the expectation of members of the purpose of picnic.
Champoux, J. E. (2011). Groups and inter-group processes. In Organizational behavior: Integrating individuals, groups, and organizations (4th ed., p. 223). New York: Routledge.