Leadership Inspirations Activities

Masks

Get to know the people in your group on a much deeper level

Duration

45+ minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Paper plates or paper, markers, pens, crayons etc.

SUMMARY

Everyone wears a “mask” at some point in their lives—it’s part of human nature. It is important to have awareness of the different masks that people wear and the reasons behind it.

SET UP

  • Each member of the group gets a paper plate or piece of paper to create their mask.
  • Safety: This activity is higher risk and asks participants to be vulnerable and trusting with each other (and the facilitators). Assure participants to only share what they feel comfortable sharing with others and remind the groups to be respectful of each other while sharing.
  • Facilitator Note: If you work with minors and are a mandated reporter, be aware that these types of activities can bring up issues such as abuse or suspected abuse, suicide or self harm, neglect, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Each member of the group is given a paper plate or a piece of paper. Make sure that there are plenty of writing instruments for all members of the group to be able to use.
  • Participants are told to create a mask that shows the different “faces” you present to the world.
  • On the outside of the mask, put the face you show your friends, family or teachers. You can depict this however you’d like.
  • On the inside of the mask, depict your authentic self, what is real that we might not show everyone.
  • Allow each participant the opportunity to share both sides of their mask.

VARIATIONS

  • If used in a multiple day meeting or program, depict the outside of the mask on the first day, and the inside of the mask on the last day when participants feel more comfortable with vulnerability in the group.
  • Other prompts: outside of the mask is how others see you, inside of the mask is how you see yourself.

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.?

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?

*Leadership Lesson*

If your group is going through the Adjourning stage, try some of these activities to help your group transition and adjust: