Leadership Inspirations Activities

Accountability Partners

To develop partnerships that help group members achieve their goals

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Mixer, Bonding

Materials

Paper, Pens

 

SUMMARY

In this activity, participants develop a system of individual and group accountability within their groups by creating strategic and supportive partnerships with people that want to see them reach their goals.

 

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?