Leadership Inspirations Activities

Needs and Offers

Get on the same page with the people in your group by discussing individual needs and offers

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity, Bonding Activity

Materials

Index cards, pens or pencils

 

SUMMARY

This activity asks group members to reflect on the things that they bring to a team and the things that they need from their teammates to work effectively together.

 

SET UP

  • Give each member of your group and index card and a pen or pencil to write with. Ask everyone to take a deep breath as this activity is going to be a self-reflection and should be taken seriously.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • On one side of the index card, have each member of the group write 2-3 things that they need from the other members in their group to be successful. Let all the participants know that if they need to stand up and go write somewhere else, they are more than welcome.
  • On the other side of the index card, have each member of the group write 2-3 things that they can offer the other members in their group to help them to be successful.
  • After every student has written down needs and offers on both sides of their index cards, every group member should rejoin the larger group and sit in a circle.
  • Go around in a circle and have each member of the group share out what they wrote down on their index cards.
  • Facilitator Note: Participants will be sharing things about themselves, so it is important to make sure that group members are being respectful of the person sharing.

VARIATIONS

  • If in the forming stage, you can shuffle the index cards and have members read out what is written on a random index card instead of their own.
  • Group members do not have to share everything on their index cards. Instead of having them read out everything, you can ask them to just share out their most important aspect from each side of the card. This can help you if you are short on time. 
  • You can also share what is written on the index cards using Dyads – have pairs discuss how they might work best together given their specific needs and offers.

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?
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?