Leadership Inspirations Activities
Boom Chicka Boom
Follow the dance moves of the “leader”
Forming, Norming, Performing
Type Of Activity
- Have all participants stand up and form a large circle.
- One person in the circle needs to be designated as the “dancer leader”.
- Have participants form a circle.
- One person is the ‘dance leader’ and they start the rhythm by singing “boom chicka boom boom, boom boom”, while patting their legs to the beat.
- The ‘dance leader’ will then do a dance movement for the duration of one “boom chicka boom boom, boom boom” or 4 count. While they are doing the first dance move, everyone else in the circle continues the patting/clapping pattern and singing “boom chicka boom boom, boom boom”.
- During the next “boom chicka boom boom, boom boom”, the person directly to the right of the ‘dance leader’ then imitates the movement the ‘dance leader’ originally did; while the ‘dance leader’ comes up with a different movement. Then, the person to the right will change movements.
- All members are always only imitating the movement of the person directly to the left of them, and they are joining the dance move one by one, starting with the movement from the original ‘dance leader’.
- If the dance moves are going too fast, have each dance move last for the duration of the group singing “boom chicka boom boom, boom boom” twice (8 counts).
- To make the activity easier, tell the dance leader that they are only allowed to do dance moves that involve a certain part of their body i.e. only their arms.
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 you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
- What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
- What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?
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?
- 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?
- 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?
If your group is going through the Adjourning stage, try some of these activities to help your group transition and adjust: