Critically Analyse How Your Contribution to Your Ipe Team Impacted on the Functioning and Ultimate Output of This Team.

Inter-professional working and teamwork are an essential component of the National Health Service (Department of Health, 2000). A team is defined as a small number of individuals that have complementary skills that are mutually accountable for a common purpose and goal (Katzenbach & Smith, 1993). In this instance the common goal was to formulate an interdisciplinary concept to enhance multidisciplinary practise, to critically analyse its’ effectiveness, and to introduce the concept for assessment. This essay critically examines how my personal contribution to my inter-professional working team affected the team functioning and overall output, with reference to theories of group dynamics and personality traits.
Effective teams require a mix of skills and recognising individual skills and experiences in others enhances the team structure (Calman, 1994). Belbin (2004) described character traits, which provided an overview to team roles. Using this model, I am defined as a Shaper and a Resource Investigator.   I am described as being extrovert, having drive and a readiness to challenge ineffectiveness, however am prone to become irritated and demonstrate impatience. As a team, we retrospectively evaluated ourselves and shared the findings in order to define roles in relation to team dynamics. A performing team requires key members and defining member types ensures maximum effectiveness and output (Belbin, 2004). In addition to this, I also completed the MBTI, or Myers Briggs Type Indicator test (Dunning, 2003) which stated that I demonstrated Extravert Sensory Feeling Judgement (ESFJ) personality traits.
The five steps of group development (Tuckman & Jenson, 1977) are a useful framework for identifying the stages that a group experiences whilst establishing effectiveness.   I have previously implemented adult learning courses, and am therefore aware that group formation, participation and effectiveness can be hindered by communication, individual personalities and...