Have you ever been part of a group project that went wrong?

Effective Leadership and Group Projects

I’ve been part of plenty of group projects in my time. Some have gone terribly, and some have gone swimmingly. But the ones that went well didn’t just happen by chance—they resulted from strong collaboration, honest communication, and mutual respect among all parties involved. In this post, I’ll share with you a few steps you can take to ensure that your next group project goes smoothly as well!

Have you ever been part of a group project that went wrong?

It’s easy to imagine that the best way to succeed in life is on your own. But it doesn’t always work out that way, especially for things like schoolwork and team sports. Sometimes, even if you’re good at what you do, having other people around can make things go better—and sometimes worse!

Have you ever been part of a group project where everything seemed fine until it wasn’t? What happened? Did everyone get along well until one person started causing trouble or not pulling their weight? Did someone have an idea for how the project should be done but no one else agreed with them so they quit before they finished their share of work (or maybe even before starting).

What happened, and what did you do about it?

You were assigned to work on a group project with your classmates. The deadline was approaching, but you hadn’t even started because they kept changing their minds about what they wanted to do. You finally got the assignment and made some progress, but then one of the other members dropped out of the project completely and left you with all the work to do yourself.

It’s okay–we’ve all been there! What happened? How did it feel? What could be done differently next time?

How would you do it differently now?

In a perfect world, every group project would go perfectly. But we don’t live in that world; we live in this one. And there are plenty of things that can go wrong when you’re working on a group project with other people. So what can you do to make sure that doesn’t happen?

  • Everyone should be on the same page about what they want to achieve and how they plan to achieve it.
  • Everyone knows what their role will be and how long it will take.
  • Make sure everyone understands deadlines—and sticks to them!

You can’t control the actions of others, but you can control your own.

While you can’t control the actions of others, you can control your own. You also can influence the actions of others. This means that while you may not make someone do something they don’t want to do or prevent them from doing something they want to do (for example, changing their mind about participating), there are still ways in which our choices affect those around us.

It is important for everyone involved in group projects—including teachers—to be aware of this so that we can avoid making mistakes that would otherwise lead us down a path towards failure and frustration.


The best way to deal with a group project gone wrong is to make sure it doesn’t happen. You can do this by planning and making sure everyone knows what they are expected to do before they work on the project. It’s also important that you communicate clearly with each other so there aren’t any misunderstandings about how things should be done or what results should look like when finished up!