Leadership Inspirations Activities
Everyone will try to stand up at the same time without using their hands or support
Forming, Storming, Norming
Type Of Activity
This activity is a great icebreaker and quick problem solving activity that asks partners and the group to work together.
- Make sure to clear a large enough area for participants to move around and play.
- Have participants get into pairs with persons approximately the same size.
- They sit on the ground facing each other feet touching and knees bent and hands tightly grasped.
- The two work together to pull themselves into an upright standing position without using their hands to support themselves.
- Safety: Partnering with someone of approximately the same size ensures people don’t hurt themselves. Also please be aware of physical ability. Do not ask a student that suffers from a physical disability to perform this task if they are unable.
- When they are successful, have partners find another person and try it with three, four, five people until the whole group is trying to stand up together.
- You can have partners sit back to back and try to stand up without using their hands to support themselves.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- 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?
- What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
- What motivates our group?
- How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
- 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?