Leadership Inspirations Activities

Accountability Partners

To develop partnerships that help group members achieve their goals

Duration

20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Mixer, Bonding

Materials

Paper, Pens

 

SET UP

  • Mix and mingle your group in an effort to get participants to talk to people that they might not usually interact with. Then have people pair up.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Let partners get to know each other a little bit, ask them to share things like:
    • What are your personal goals for the year?
    • What are some challenges that you anticipate that you might face?
    • How do you like to receive feedback?
    • What do you need to be successful?
    • What do you have to offer your partner to help them to be successful?
  • Tell participants that they have shared these things with their partner because this person will be their Accountability Partner:
    • An Accountability Partner is a person who helps another person keep a commitment, they are a positive, pragmatic, and motivating force.
  • Each Accountability Partnership will look differently depending on the individual goals and aspirations of each person.
    • Take the time in your partners to draft an Accountability Contract. This contract should consist of 5 things
      • What you hope to achieve: goals, milestones, etc.
      • Time frame/ deadlines/ check ins
      • What you need from your partner out of this partnership
      • What you have to offer to this partnership/ your commitment
      • Any other important information
    • Both partners must sign this Accountability Contract. This contract should be kept for future reference and used to see if participants are on track to reach their goals.
  • Optional: Have each partner pair make up a fun handshake that they can use to greet each other, it can serve as a fun reminder of the progress they are committing to make
  • As a facilitator you may set aside time for Accountability Partners to check in as often as you see fit depending on the needs of your group or the demands of a particular project/ event.

VARIATIONS

  • For younger groups it may be fun to refer to their accountability partners as ‘accountabilibuddies’!

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Accountability

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?