Leadership Inspirations Activities

Group Profile

Team members get to know each other by answering questions and contributing to a group mural

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity, Experiential Activity

Materials

Poster Paper, Markers

 

SUMMARY

Team members get to know each other by answering questions and contributing to a group mural. Groups can discuss shared interests, goals, and develop team cohesion.

 

SET UP

  • Trace an outline of the human body on butcher paper.
  • List the following topics outside the outline next to the coordinating body part:
    • Head: dreams or goals we have (for our community)
    • Ears: things we like to listen to
    • Eyes: How we like other people to see us
    • Shoulders: problems young people may have to face.
    • Hands: things we like to make or do (with our hands)
    • Stomach: things we like to eat
    • Heart: things we feel strongly about
    • Right foot: places we would like to go

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Divide participants into groups of 4-5.
  • Post outline of body on the wall. Invite participants to come up to the poster and write things or pictures to represent each area for them. This is done graffiti style, free form.
  • After everyone has had a chance to participate, ask for volunteers to report to the group on what is listed.

VARIATIONS

  • Split your group up intentionally, by committee or personality to depict goals or strengths
  • Focus the questions you ask around a specific event or topic (for example: fundraising, conflict etc).

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.?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
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?