Leadership Inspirations Activities

Step Back

Test the group’s knowledge of each other’s names with this fast paced name game


10 minutes

Team Stage


Type Of Activity






Using name games helps members of the group get to know each other’s names in a short amount of time during the forming stage of the group development model. This name game challenges group members to be quick on their feet and call out other people’s names before they call theirs. See who has the fastest reflexes and the best memory!



  • Have everyone form a circle, standing shoulder to shoulder.


  • One person will start by calling out someone’s name in the circle.
  • The person whose name was called must step backwards, out of the circle.
  • The people on either side of that person must call out the opposite person’s name. Whoever calls the other’s name first wins and the other person is out.
  • BUT, if the person whose name was called does not step out of the circle before the two people on their left and right shout out names then they are out.
  • Have one of the people who were not eliminated call the next person’s name.
  • Continue until three people are left.


  • Instead of eliminating players, have the person who would have been out, answer a Dyad question so the group can get to know more about them.
  • Before playing Step Back, try Look at Me to meet as many people as possible!


  • 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?


  • 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 does your group do well as a 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?