Leadership Inspirations Activities

Spotlight

Share positive messages of appreciation for your team

Duration

45+ minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Whiteboard or poster paper and markers

 

SUMMARY

 
This activity allows groups to shine the “spotlight” on their members by writing and sharing positive things about them together.

 

SET UP

  • You will need whiteboard or chalkboard space. You can also use individual sheets of poster paper if needed.
  • You will also need a selection of markers or chalk for you group to write with.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have one participant sit in front of the whiteboard.
  • Have the rest of the group come up and write positive phrases about that person on the board.
  • Encourage the person sitting to not turn around or try to read just yet.
  • Give the group a few minutes for everyone to contribute.
    • Facilitator Note: As the facilitator you should be monitoring written comments for appropriateness.
  • When they are done, take a picture of them in front of the board to give to them later.
  • Erase the board and let someone else take a seat in the “spotlight”.   

VARIATIONS

  • This activity is possible with larger groups, you will just need several “stations” running at once. Have group members rotate through so that they write something for each person. You may need more help from assistant facilitators to make this process run smoothly and to get pictures of everyone.
  • For other activities that recognize and appreciate your teammates try Pat on the Back or Appreciation Taps.

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?

Inclusion & Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?

 

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?