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Prison Group Dynamics and Organizational Behavior

An informal social group can be defined as a group of people (at minimum three) that have created a solidified pattern of social attitudes, values and interactions based on loyalty, similar interests or home backgrounds, crime associations and their ability to cooperate in the execution of a natural function (Caldwell, 1956). The cooperation in the execution of a natural function is what a social group centers around because it is the interest that connects the group. For example, in a prison community composed of adult males, the function could be gambling, the cooking of moonshine or participating in homosexual relations (Caldwell, 1956). Since the prison...

Leadership vs. Management

The words "leadership" and "management" my seem like synonyms to some, but there are distinct differences between the two. What is Leadership? Some people might define leadership as a person who is in charge of a group. Others might define leadership as someone with charisma and the ability to motivate and inspire their followers. Both definitions are acceptable. “Leadership and management are different but complementary skills. Leadership is a soft talent. It revolves around influence, motivation, drive, and other unquantifiable skills” (Spahr 2015). To be a leader, you need to do be able to do more than manage others. You need to be able to persevere...