Leadership Inspirations Activities

Four Corners

The group explores their values and ethics interactively

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity, Experiential Activity

Materials

Poster Paper

 

SUMMARY

Create a space where your group can show their opinions without having talking at all. Have them move around the room and represent their opinions of controversial topics and subjects.

 

SET UP

  • Create four posters with the following titles: Agree, Disagree, Strongly Agree, Strongly Disagree.
  • Put up one poster in each corner of the room.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Designate the four corners of the room as follows: agree, disagree, strongly agree, and strongly disagree.
  • Make up questions with varying risk and have group members stand where their opinions are, without speaking.
  • Here are some question ideas:
    • Leaders should be role models at all times, no matter what.
    • Everyone should be involved in our activities
    • If the person being bullied isn’t my friend, I don’t have to get involved.
    • I think leadership is something everyone should be able to take part in.
    • I feel like a true member of this group/I feel valued in this group.
    • I am my authentic self here.
  • Have them process questions depending on risk level.
  • Safety: This can be emotionally charged, so be ready to process those feelings. Remind them of their groundrules at the beginning  to create a safe space and refer back to them as necessary.

VARIATIONS

  • If you are leading this activity outside, use tape, chalk, or cones to designate the four corners.
  • Instead of using 4 corners, only use 2 sides within the room to create a different contrast.

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.?
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?