In problem-solving groups, individual members engage in different types of behavior, including task behavior, which focuses on the external problem to be addressed, and socioemotional behavior, which addresses the feelings that arise as a result of group interaction. This entry describes these two types of behavior and examines the leadership styles of group leaders who focus on each one.
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Goethals, George R. "Socioemotional and Task Behavior." In Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, edited by J. M. Levine and M. A. Hogg, 826-29. Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2009.