Leadership Inspirations Activities

Line Ups

To line up in a variety of ways without talking


10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer





Break the ice by asking your group to line up in a variety of ways without talking. They should learn a little something about their group along the way!



  • You will need enough space to play for your group to form a sing-file continuous line around or through the room.


  • Have the group form a single-file line.
  • There is no speaking (or mouthing words) during this activity.
  • Now ask the group to rearrange themselves according to certain criteria. Below are some suggestions:
    • Shortest to tallest
    • Birth month and day
    • Where they live (near to far)
    • In alphabetical order by first or last name
    • Favorite color
  • If you have the time, have your group complete a few of the options above or add your own!


  • You can allow the group to talk but then blindfold them or have them close their eyes to complete the task.
  • Ants on a Log: Challenge participants to complete this activity without falling off of a “log”. You can use what you have available to make a “log” including polyspots, a chalk line, or even natural dividers in the concrete. Remember safety!
  • Extremes: Challenge participants to determine where they fall on a spectrum of “extremes”. Distinguish one side of the room for each extreme. Participants must still end up in a single file line (no one can occupy the same space in line). Use thought provoking questions like:
    • I like to plan ahead / I like to act spontaneously
    • I make decisions with my “heart” / I make decisions with my “head” 
    • I avoid conflict / I confront conflict


  • 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?

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?