Avoiding Pitfalls in Small Group Dynamics

One of the elements of leading a small group that can seem most scary is managing interpersonal dynamics. People are flawed, after all, and it's not hard to spark trouble when we get together on a regular basis.

The following tips will help you manage group dynamics in a positive way and avoid many common problems.

Watch for Reactions Instead of Responses

It is a good thing when a person responds to another with words of empathy and appropriate counsel. It is a different matter when they react to what the other person is saying because it does not harmonize with their own understanding, or because it strikes an uncomfortable chord within them-especially when that reaction includes giving advice.