Leadership Inspirations Activities

Label Me

Explore how the way that we treat others affects a group’s ability to work together

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Labels, Materials For Task

 

SUMMARY

Groups understand their dynamics better by playing specific roles throughout the activity. The only trick is that they must figure out what their role is based solely on how the leader acts.

 

SET UP

  • You will need to prepare labels for this activity ahead of time. Here are some possible label ideas:
    • Ignore me
    • You don’t understand anything I say
    • I’m your best friend
    • I act like I know everything
    • Compliment me a lot
    • I’m a nerd
    • Laugh at my mistakes
    • You think I’m stuck up
    • I get on your nerves
    • You think I’m a bully
    • I’m a mean person
    • You really like me
    • Laugh at everything I say
    • Or make up your own!
  • You will also need to choose an activity for your group to complete. It should be something simple but that requires communication and strategy like building the tallest house of cards or a popsicle stick bridge. Use whatever supplies you have easily available!
  • Safety: Be cautious of who you are selecting for each label. Preface the activity by stating that though this is a role play, all participants should also still act appropriately.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Break into small groups of 4-8 people.
  • Get a volunteer for each group to lead the activity. Have the leaders leave the room so you can put labels on all the other participants.
  • Put the label on their forehead so it is visible to others but don’t let them see their own label.
  • Tell the group to treat each person the way they would if the label were true. Be sure that nobody tells each other what label they have on their forehead.
  • Once the labels are on, invite the leaders back and have them lead their group in the chosen activity.
  • Give them two minutes to strategize and five minutes to build.
  • After the five minutes have the group stop, and give them a few minutes to guess what their label was and discuss. Bring the entire group together for a final debrief.

VARIATIONS

  • You can also have your group facilitate a meeting, plan a project, or participate in a team building activity with their labels on.
  • See also Who Am I?.

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?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Group Dynamics

  • 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?
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?