Identifying Leaders in Groups

Questions to ask that'll help you find the natural leaders.

In all human interaction, there are two major ingredients: content and process. The first deals with the subject matter of the task on which a group is working. In a small group, this might be the specific songs picked, the subject of prayers and discussion, the icebreaker, etc. Usually, most people consciously focus on content. The second ingredient, however, may be even more important than content, though people are less likely to think consciously about it.

Process, or group dynamics, deals with such issues as morale, feeling, tone, atmosphere, influence, participation, styles of influence, etc. By looking at these issues, you may be more able to see who might be a good leader than if you just looked at mastery of skills. You also may be able to identify unhealthy sub-groups or leaders that need better direction or correction.

Participation

1) Who are the high participators? How about the low?

2) What reasons could exist for low participation on the part of some?

3) Who talks to whom in the group? Who talks to everyone?

4) Who attends regularly?

Influence

1) When a person talks, do others listen to him/her?

2) Who is the "advice giver" in the group? Who counsels from the Bible, rather than from experience?

3) Are there any rivalries in the group? If they exist, why and between whom?

Styles of Influence

1) Autocratic: Who tries to lead by indicating theirs is the way to go?

2) Peacemaker: Who eagerly supports the efforts of others? Who tries to smooth over disagreements between others?

3) Laissez-faire: Who gets attention for not doing anything and refusing to participate? Do they have a collective group following them?

4) Democratic: Who tries to include everyone and seeks consensus?

Decision-Making Processes:

1) Who gets talked to ...

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