It is important for both group leaders and group members to understand the difference between involvement and participation. Involvement is simply the act of being in something. Participation is best described as being actively involved. For a group to be successful it is crucial that members are not just involved but ACTIVELY involved.
It is definitely a challenge to get members of your group actively involved. Here are some helpful tips to encourage participation in any group setting
And most importantly, show your group members you appreciate their help. People respond well when they know what they are doing is making a difference.
That's right active involvement benefits the mind and body. When group members and leaders each have an equal portion of active involvement the following side effects will occur:
The amount of satisfaction you'll feel by helping your group become more balanced is immeasurable. Not only does everyone in your group benefit, this is an accomplishment that you have achieved as a team.
Wow what a bargain! Active involvement can be achieved with just a little bit of effort. If you are passionate about improving your group dynamic the payoff will be high and the cost relatively low.
There may be some bumps along the way but never fear, Leadership Development is here to help! You can find us in the Student Center Pavilion 150 or just send us an email. We are happy to answer any questions, provide more specific solutions, or do a leadership training for your group! Enjoy!