Leadership Inspirations Activities

Line Ups

To line up in a variety of ways without talking

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

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!

 

SET UP

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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!

VARIATIONS

  • 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

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?

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?