Leadership Inspirations Activities

Connection

To find things in common with your group members

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

This is fun activity that gets your group up and moving while also discovering the variety of ways that they are all connected to each other through their personal interests and experiences.

 

SET UP

  • You need an open space for your group to stand and move around comfortably. To start, have all participants form a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • One person stands up in front of the group and says their name and a fact about themselves. For example: “My name is Brenda and I play a sport”
  • If another member of the group can relate to their fact, they shout “connection!” and link arms with the first person.
  • Then, that second person introduces themselves and shares a fun fact about themselves.
  • If nobody relates to the fact, the person continues listing new facts until someone says “connection”.
  • Once a person is linked with another person, they must stay connected to each other. This way everyone in the group finds ways that they are linked or connected to someone else.
  • This activity continues in this way until everyone is linked together, including the last person and the very first person.

VARIATIONS

  • If your group isn’t super comfortable with each other yet, you can have them sit next to each other instead of linking arms.

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?

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?