Leadership Inspirations Activities

Trust Walk

Trust your partner to successfully guide you around blindfolded

Duration

30-45 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Blindfolds

 

SUMMARY

Take your partner on a blindfolded walk to build the trust that you have for each other. This activity is a great way to strengthen the bond of the group as a whole.

 

SET UP

  • Each participant finds a partner. One of them becomes ‘A’, the other, ‘B’.
  • Give each pair one blindfold.
  • Safety: As a facilitator, keep a watchful eye on the participants to ensure they are staying safe.  This is most important with participants who are risk takers and may run, jump, climb, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • A goes first, being blindfolded and led outside by B, who is holding A’s hand and carefully guiding A, so as to avoid any dangers or jarring bumps. A must trust B, and B must be worthy of that trust.
  • B can lead A to different places to touch interesting things, such as trees, moss, dew-drops, cement, leaves, etc.
  • After 10 minutes, the facilitator has them switch places, with A now leading B.

VARIATIONS

  • Before blindfolding A, B makes a particularly unique sound. A is then blindfolded and must follow B, who is making only this sound to guide them. There is no touching or talking of any kind. After five minutes, they switch places, with A making their own unique sound for B to follow.
  • Depending on where the group is in the group development model, you can have the “blindfolded” participant just close their eyes instead of using blindfolds. This will help to make the activity lower risk.

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?

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?