When Groupthink Takes Hold

James Stoner conducted a study in 1961 about people in groups. It has been replicated hundreds of times since then. In the 1970s, Yale researcher Irving Janis continued the research.

The term groupthink was born.

How Does Groupthink Happen?

What are the conditions for groupthink?

  • A group is comprised of like-minded individuals
  • A leader expresses her own thoughts or opinions
  • The group ignores dissenting views

What are the Consequences of Groupthink?

These conditions form the basis for horrible decisions. When groupthink takes hold, groups shut down rational dialogue. Status quo is elevated. The group shoots down its path without regard for results or outcomes.

The bad decision-making processes typically do not result in great results. Instead, they are largely to blame for poor results or simply average results.

6 Ways to Avoid Groupthink

Understanding groupthink is the first step. It’s vital for leaders to know what groupthink is and to act in ways that allow a group to flourish. Here are 6 tips:

By the way, the Season 3 Finale and the two following bonus episodes of the Mafost Mashup focused on the problems and solutions of leading groups.





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