Leadership Inspirations Activities
Participants try to find their partner from across the room with their eyes closed
Type Of Activity
Participants try to find their partner in the crowd while blindfolded. They must come up with a communication system that they can use to find each other. This game plays similarly to Marco Polo.
- Find a clear, open playing space.
- Safety: Since participants will have their eyes closed, remind them to walk, not run. They should also put their hands out to avoid running into each other. As a facilitator monitor participants to make sure that they aren’t wandering too far or bumping into things.
- Break your group into pairs.
- Then, have each pair agree on a matching set of words or sounds e.g.- shoe/foot, peanut/butter, or an animal noise.
- Have the groups announce their selections, to ensure no duplicates.
- Once every pair has a word or sound, have the pairs separate and go to opposite ends of the room or field.
- Blindfold everyone or have them keep their eyes closed and have them try to find their partner using only the sounds that they chose.
- If you have time, you can play multiple rounds with different partners or sounds.
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?
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?
- 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?