The Bad Apple: Group Poison

How much impact do you think having a negative person has on a team? This research team set out to answer that question by having three different types of negative stereotypes: The Depressive Pessimist, The Jerk, and The Slacker. 

You are thinking, sure, it will have some impact but only a little, right? The conventional wisdom in the research on this sort of thing is that none of this should have had much effect on the group at all. Groups are powerful. Group dynamics are powerful. And so groups dominate individuals, not the other way around. There's tons of research, going back decades, demonstrating that people conform to group values and norms.

That's not what happened at all. This is especially important for leaders and managers to understand.


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