Question: WRITTEN ANALYSIS OF EVEREST SIMULATION
LEADERSHIP ISSUE: LACK OF COORDINATION AND SHARING OF INFORMATION
At the time of simulation, I (physician) and the environmentalist pressed the resting button as we were not clear with the instructions and as a result, we both were left at the base camp. Afterward, the environmentalist fell ill when they were about to climb from camp 1 to camp 2, and this resulted in a decision whether we should dispense the medical supplies and physician to her aid and then finally she was left at the camp 1, and I (physician) climbed to camp 1 in order to give her medical supplies. Since there is a scarcity of resources, this resulted in reducing our chances of ensuring that we meet our goals of having at least individuals reach the peak. This decision split the group in half, with one side people were saying we need to stick together in order to survive. But on the other side people were working to achieve their personal goals instead of achieving a group goal. This gave rise to debate, which prompted me to give my opinion on the issue that team members are not working as a team and they want to achieve their individual goals only, and this would impact our performance. And there is no coordination between us and the team leader is not ready to take his responsibility as a leader.
2.MANAGEMENT RESEARCH EVIDENCE
The topic is about leadership issue i.e. lack of coordination and information sharing. It has been stated that team members have specific and different roles which they have to perform in order to achieve collective success. If the team fails then this is not only because of the incompetency of the team members but also the lack of coordination and synchronization results in combined failure. Most of the teams have an individual who is responsible for defining the team goals and aligning the tasks, and if he doesn't take his responsibility then there will be a lack of coordination and the task will become more chaotic. Therefore, it has been discovered that people depend on each other when they work in a team. Effective teams are those who have a high level of combined performance, and they focus more on achieving team objectives than the personal goal. The researchers paid more stress on teamwork in order to attain good leadership qualities. This article has proved that this leadership issue has impacted our performance. (L, 2016)
The second article discusses the leadership issue that how these issues impact the overall performance of the team. It is being discussed that the role of leadership is essential for the team in order to bring efficiency and effectiveness. It is being stated in the article that the leaders of a team have to follow a functional leadership strategy in order to find the problems which are affecting the team during the decision-making process, leaders should generate solutions for the problems and then implement them. This will solve the problem of lack of information sharing. And this would help the team to follow all the instructions as they will listen carefully to the leader. Leaders have the responsibility of defining the events of the environment to the team, and if the responsibility is not taken properly then there will be a chaos among the team, and there will be a lack of coordination among the team members, and this will impact the performance of a team badly. This article stated that the leader should have a positive attitude in order to complete his duties responsibly without creating chaos and a problem of coordination among the team members. (COULSON, 2016)
3.APPLICATION OF EVIDENCE TO A PROBLEM
Based on both the articles, it is being observed that the issues of leadership affect the overall performance of a team. It is very important that the leader of a team should be responsible enough in order to lead his team towards success. The cooperation and coordination among the team result in better yields. The results in the journal articles have proven that the leader should have a positive attitude in order to complete his duties responsibly without creating the problem of coordination among the team. As people depend on each other when they work in a team. The effective team is the one that focuses on achieving the group goal rather than achieving the individual goals.
Our team leader during the simulation has failed because he was not able to find the reasons for the lack of coordination among the team members. When we started our task, I (physician) and the environmentalist pressed the resting button accidentally, this happened because we didn't get the proper instructions. The environmentalist forecasted the wrong weather report, and she didn't know that she can actually forecast the weather for the next day as well. This happened because of a lack of information sharing. The photographer decided to achieve her personal goal by staying at the camp 1 for two days, and this showed that there was a lack of coordination among the members as they were working to achieve their individual goals. The team leader stayed at camp 1 in order to bring the whole team together. This helped the team to some extent as they again started climbing to the next camp in coordination in order to achieve success. But still, there were leadership issues in the team like lack of coordination and sharing of information.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ISSUE: LACK OF SUPPORT AMONG TEAM MEMBERS
Our team could have gained a better overall score if there was complete support among the team members from the base camp. As when the environmentalist's health became critical, and she needed an inhaler, that time it was decided by the team to give her a gamma bag in order to keep the inhaler for marathoner as she has a problem of asthma. That time we took the risk for the health of environmentalist and we failed as her health became more critical. We left the environmentalist at camp 2 and started climbing further to achieve our aim. The photographer stayed at camp 4 in order to take photographs, and he doesn't support her team to complete the summit further. Finally, the summit was completed by 3 members of the team only. The health of the environmentalist became more critical because of the wrong decision made by the team, and it was my fault that I didn't keep the extra inhalers and other medicines in order to protect the health of the team members.
2.MANAGEMENT RESEARCH EVIDENCE
The first article described social responsibility as an ethical framework and an entity, whether it is an organization or an individual, has to work for the benefit of society and others at large. Social responsibility helps in motivating individuals. This article discusses the issues which the individual faces in order to achieve the group goal. Nowadays, people have become so competitive and selfish that they think about their desires first, and then they think about helping others. The issues in social responsibility adversely impact the performance of the entire group as they think about achieving personal goals rather than the group goal. And because of this, the team members start avoiding the decision-making process and don't participate in the group discussion. They make their own strategies in order to achieve their personal targets. If the person is not socially responsible, then he is not able to work in a team. And it is very important for the team leader to be socially responsible in order to lead the team towards success. Therefore, this article has proved that the team leader should be socially responsible in order to lead the team. (MACKEY, 2016)
The second article discusses the issues the team faces when there is a lack of social responsibility among the team leader and the other members. The team members would think about themselves only and as a result, they fail to achieve the group target. The article stated that if there is an issue of social responsibility, then the team members will not support each other and will not sacrifice for the benefit of the other member. And this will further give rise to the problem in the decision-making process as the members will not agree with each other on a common point, and there will be more arguments among the members. This will impact the performance of the team in a negative way. Therefore, the article showed the importance of social responsibility in order to achieve group targets and provide support to other team members. (TIM, 2016)
3. APPLICATION OF EVIDENCE TO A PROBLEM
Based on both the articles, it is being observed that the issue in the team was that there was a lack of support among the team members, and the evidence is sufficient to prove this. The team members preferred not to take any risk for the group. Instead, they completed their individual goals. It is very important for the team to support each other completely in order to complete the group task with flying colors. From both the journal articles, it has been cleared that the issue of social responsibility adversely affects the performance of a team. And in the competitive world, people are becoming more selfish and don't want even to think about the benefit of others and society. The effective team is the one that focuses on the social responsibility issues and works accordingly in order to overcome the issue. Therefore, it has been proven by both the journal articles that the team members should support each other in order to achieve success as a team, not as an individual.
According to me, the team should have realized earlier that the fear of failure is essential and is not guaranteed, and if the team had overcome the problem at the earlier stage only then it would have become more confident while climbing to the next camps. The team should have supported the other team members in order to complete the summit. Whereas, only Marathoner supported her team in spite of bad health. As she has a problem with asthma, she completed the summit with me (physician) and the team leader. The photographer didn’t support the team as she stayed at camp 4 in because she wanted to take the photographs and the environmentalist decided to go back as her health was critical. As the wrong decision was taken by the team while giving her the treatment. It took time for the team to realize the value of team support in order to reach the summit.
REFLECTION ON HOLISTIC LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
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