Leadership Authority Identity

in Groups & Systems

A Group Relations Conference in the Tavistock Tradition


A Group Relations Conference (GRC) is an intensive and experiential learning event that provides the rare opportunity to study one’s own behavior as it happens in real-time; without the distractions of everyday social niceties, workplace pressures, and established protocols. In the unique environment of a GRC, hidden aspects of one’s motivations, behaviors, and work-life are brought to light. Once available for conscious examination, GRC participants are assisted in learning what supports or detracts from one’s effectiveness, particularly how leadership and authority are manifest.

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About this Conference


In these turbulent times, groups and individuals are searching for a way forward seeking change at work, within institutions and in personal and cultural systems. Group relations conferences offer possibilities for gaining insight about life as it is mirrored in a learning system. ​

  • A group relations lens provides a way of understanding our experience – a way of answering questions like, what just happened? It offers a way of reflecting on boundaries, authority, role, and task.

  • This conference is a learning opportunity, focused on leadership, various forms of authority, identity, and membership in groups and organizations.

We invite you to join us in this immersive 3-day conference sponsored by The New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations & Social Systems (the New York affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute) and co-sponsored by The A.K. Rice Institute.

As a member, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Join a diverse group of people exploring the seen and unseen processes in groups and systems.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how projections about competence are connected with the identities we carry.
  • Learn about the intersection of unconscious dynamics impacting how we feel at work and in our efforts to achieve life goals.
  • Develop a greater understanding of leadership in organizational change.
  • Explore the exercise of authority, the interaction with boundaries, and focus on task.
  • Learn about how personal systems, one’s interaction in work and life environments, is affected by how we take up roles.
  • Consider the nested relationships of the groups we inhabit within larger systems.

Date: January 19th – 21st, 2018 (Fri-Sun)

Location: The City College of New York (CCNY)

160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031