Leadership Inspirations Activities
To line up in a variety of ways without talking
Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing
Type Of Activity
- 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
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?
- 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?