January 10, 2011 Category : Study-Materials
3.Group behavioural skills
Content is the single most important factor in a Group Discussion. The moderator would like to understand how well-versed you are with the knowledge relevant to the topic. It shows how well-read you are. It is very important for you to clearly display your understanding of all the issues pertaining to the topic.
If the content aspect covers "what to say" in a Group Discussion, Communication pertains to "how to say it".
Communication covers three different aspects. They are
(i) Correctly conveying what you want to say,
(ii) Listening, and
Group behavioural skills
You should listen to and understand the views expressed by the other group members, integrate them with your ideas, present a cogent picture of the group's view and help arrive at a consensus in the discussion.
Leadership means showing 'direction' to the group. A leader is not the person who speaks the most in a group - a leader is the person who is 'spoken to' the most.It is not possible for all members of a group to display leadership skills. If you get an opportunity to lead the group, do so by all means. However, do not go out of your way to establish yourself as a leader. It is quite adequate if you are able to display your knowledge, communicate effectively, and behave maturely with your fellow group members.
Remember one important rule - you have here in order to get selected for the organisation of your choice. You are not there to make policy decisions for the government. Nor are you there to convince all your fellow group members that your point of view is the only one that they should follow. You are only there to contribute to the group in a manner that convinces the moderator that you will make a good student at his / her management school. Everything that you do or say should keep this all-important fact in mind.