Sample Response to GMAT AWA Issue Questions
“All groups and organizations should function as teams in which everyone
makes decisions and shares responsibilities and duties. Giving one
person central authority and responsibility for a project or task is not
an effective way to get work done.” To what extent do you agree or
disagree with the opinion expressed above? Support your views with
reasons and/or specific examples drawn from your own work or school
experiences, your observations, or your reading.
Some people argue that it is not an effective way to give one person
central authority and responsibility to get work done. Rather, all
groups and organizations should function as teams where everyone makes
decisions and shares responsibilities. Although it is true that doing
things in team-based environment creates a cooperation spirit which is a
powerful motivator for the workers of the company, I still believe that
there should be someone who makes decision and share duties.
First, a group cannot make decisions. Everyone in a group can bring out
suggestions, pros and cons, but only one person can make the final
decision and bear the major responsibility for a project or task. This
brings my second point that responsibility has to be personal to mean
something. Group responsibility means nothing. Another point is that a
required step in any large project is to divide the project into smaller
parts and to assign them to the team members. Naturally, only a chief
person can do that.
Second, most people agree that they are motivated when they are assigned
to authorize and bear responsibility for a project or task. If the
responsibility is handled by a single individual, there is a high degree
of accountability because that person is completely responsible for his
actions. Furthermore, projects that require quick response time and
intuition should be done by individuals. In this case, there is no time
to call a meeting and come to a group discussion on what to do next.
In conclusion, although team work is a necessity in any organization, it
is best when it is done in the presences of several decision making
executives, whom will make the decisions, after consulting with their
teams, assign tasks, and carry the responsibility.