Leadership Inspirations Activities

Secret Leader

The person in the center must find the “Secret Leader”

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Experiential Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

The objective is to keep the “Secret Leader” from being found as they lead different motions. The group will have to be subtle and strategic. This activity can help to get groups quiet and focused.

 

SET UP

  • Gather the group in a circle with people standing about arms distance from each other.
  • Find a volunteer to start off in the center. While this person closes their eyes, everyone in the circle quickly and secretly determines who the “Secret Leader” will be during this round.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Once the Secret Leader is determined they must quickly start a subtle motion (clapping, snapping, dancing etc.) and everyone in the circle must copy the motion.
  • Once everyone in the circle is doing the same motion, the person in the center can open their eyes. They now have three attempts to guess who the Secret Leader is.
  • Meanwhile, the Secret Leader is trying to change their motions often without getting detected. The more changes the better (go for a record!).
  • Whenever the Secret Leader changes their motions everyone must follow in suit. Encourage everyone in the circle to be sly about duplicating the motions.
  • If the person in the center fails to determine who the Secret Leader is in three guesses then that round is over and the Secret Leader wins.
  • The person in the center gets to determine who will replace them in the middle.

VARIATIONS

  • For very large groups you can have more than one Secret Leader or person in the center.
  • Instead of gathering the group in a circle, let the group determine how they want to hide the Secret Leader. Groups may choose to stand in rows, move continuously around the room etc. Send one volunteer out of the room while they strategize and then bring them back in after the group has started their motions.

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?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
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?