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How team building leads to team cohesion in the Uniformed Public Services with references to relevan - page 1

Keywords: Uniformed Public Service

By jag123 on 16/02/2011

Level: BTEC National Diploma

Page Number: 1 of 2   pages: 1 2

Team Cohesion
Team cohesion is when a team sticks together. When a team is operating under difficult circumstances, for example soldiers in Afghanistan, team members pull together. It also can be to see how well a team bonds, how good they are at problem solving also at command tasks and how well they communicate. In team cohesion there does not have to be leaders, but normally works better with a leader. If there was a lack of cohesion this would lead to poor performance by the team.

Relevant Theorist “Maslow”
Abraham Maslow developed the Hierarchy of Needs model in 1940-50s USA, and the Hierarchy of Needs theory remains valid today for understanding human motivation, management training, and personal development. Mallow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid, with the largest and most fundamental levels of needs at the bottom, and the need for self-actualization at the top.

Physiological needs
These are biological needs. They consist of needs for oxygen, food, water, and a relatively constant body temperature. Physiological needs are obvious they are the literal requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not met, the human body simply cannot continue to function.

Safety needs
When all physiological needs are satisfied and are no longer controlling thoughts and behaviours, the needs for security can become active. Adults have little awareness of their security needs except in times of emergency or periods of disorganization in the social structure. Children often display the signs of insecurity and the need to be safe. In the Uniformed Public Services safety would be needed all the time. Without this people would not feel safe.

Love and belonging
When the needs for safety and for physiological well-being are satisfied, the next class of needs for love, affection and belongingness can emerge. Maslow said “people seek to overcome feelings of loneliness and alienation; this involves both giving and receiving love, affection and the sense of belonging”. In the Uniformed Public Services the team members would be working mostly in a team which should give them a sense of belonging and purpose.

When the first three classes of needs are satisfied, the needs for esteem can become dominant. These involve needs for both self-esteem and for the esteem a person gets from others. Humans have a need for a stable, firmly based, high level of self-respect, and respect from others. When these needs are satisfied, the person feels self-confident and

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