What is the best way to deal with strong willed/ dominant personalities in assignment groups?

Asked By: prcoley - 3/30/2006
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What you are terming "strong willed/ dominant personalities" I would call leaders. That said, there are good and bad leaders. Without firsthand knowledge, I couldn't say which you're dealing with. If it is a good leader, perhaps you simply resent having someone else take charge of the situation and receive the... More
Answered By: veritas110 - 3/30/2006
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become one
Answered By: Ryan - 3/30/2006
I am going to assume you mean in school. I personally would let them know immediately that the entire point of being part of a group, would be to work as a team. And proceed to tell them that working as a team required all members to be willing to accept someone else's ideas. I would maintain this veiwpoint in all... More
Answered By: ifreedthechicken - 3/30/2006
If they have such strong personalities then they will probably cope well and respect you more if you tell them honestly and to their face. Just remind them that they are in a group situation and that they need to have more consideration for the views of other group members. Be strong willed back and confront them.
Answered By: Joolz - 3/30/2006
I'm assuming that you have already said something to them and that they have ignored your request. Speak with your professor and let them know what's up. Find out what your options are becasue sometimes they will switch you to another group, sometimes they might let you work alone, and sometimes they might threaten... More
Answered By: lordlovingcowgirl - 3/30/2006
Challenge them to produce something as a member of the group: accomplishment of a certain objective, obtaining a certain result, providing an important piece of the project. Ask for quality contributions and let him/her present to the group.
Answered By: The Ern - 3/30/2006
Make them feel very important and that one thing is so important give it to them and keep them busy with it.
Answered By: rodger - 3/30/2006
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