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it’s often the “unofficial” roles that have the biggest influence on groups – not the officially assigned ones! Belbin’s typology, in particular, draws on how people’s interpersonal communication tendencies affect and possibly determine who fills “unofficial” roles in groups. And certainly, these unofficial roles are tied to power and status.

Identify a situation (either personal or in a well-publicized, real-life small-group) where a group member gained a lot of status within the group. Analyze the ways this status-gain may have been achieved (intentionally and/or unintentionally) by that member and how this change affected overall group dynamics in terms of others’ roles (official & unofficial) in relation to that member and in the sense of everyone’s communication norms in general.

Don’t forget to account for how unofficial roles and group norms (and the norms for how those “norms” are maintained/enforced; e.g., self-disclosure, trust-seeking, etc.) affected how this change was perceived and practiced in the group. Also use the key terms from the reading in the paper and make the key terms bold.

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Groups are formulated to perform certain functions to the members and/or the communities
in which they operate. In such groups, members usually do not occupy the same level of status in
relation to each other (Group membership, n. d). In groups, for example, there are leaders (such as
chairpersons and secretaries) who have different power levels among them as well as in relation
to the members who are not group officials. In groups, however, it is also not uncommon to find a
situation where certain members perform unofficial roles to the other members. Such members
performing unofficial roles usually have more powers and are often perceived to be of higher social
status (Group membership, n. d).
For example, there is a group comprising of women, formed for the purpose of providing
social and economic support to low-class women in a poor neighborhood. In this group one
particular member (who was not an elected leader) began playing unofficial roles to other women
within the group and gained status for it. This member started seeking views and concerns of fellow
members and articulating...

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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