Roles

The good facilitator will also come to appreciate different roles group members play. We can all identify with the enthusiastic motivator and the people-oriented caring type, the jokester and the quiet retiring type. There are many different roles that individuals play, many of them constructive, but some also distressingly destructive. As facilitator/leader we need to harness the power of these roles and wherever possible use them effectively to help the group get where it is going with the greatest satisfaction for the greatest number.

As with all group tasks there is a need to balance the people needs and the task needs. Hopefully the good leader/facilitator will be able to maintain this balance, so at the end of the trip the group will not only say ‘We achieved our goal’ but also that ‘We enjoyed ourselves and got most if not all of what we wanted out of it’.