Leadership Inspirations Activities


Reach consensus as a group about how to “survive” the scenario  


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Paper, pens, list of objects




This activity asks groups to rank items in order of importance to their survival in a certain scenario. Participants must be creative and communicative as they try to problem solve, resolve conflict between members, and reach consensus.



  • Decide on a “survival scenario”. Examples:
    • Your group’s plane has crash landed on a deserted island
    • You woke up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse
    • You must save the world from an alien invasion
  • Create a list of 12-15 items and objects your group can use to survive this scenario. They could be actually useful items or random items, it is up to you. 
    • Examples: Water, rope, matches – or- Trash can, tape, chair
  • You may decide to print a copy of the list to give to each group, or just put the list on a poster paper or whiteboard.
  • Break your group up into smaller groups of 4-5 people each before giving the instructions.


  • Pass out a piece of paper and a pen to each small group.
  • Tell them that their objective is to determine the usefulness of each item listed based on the given situation. 
  • They will need to rank the items in order of usefulness (item number 1 is the most useful) and provide their reasoning. 
  • They must reach consensus, meaning that everyone must agree on the final ranking of items.


  • Ask participants to rank the items individually before breaking them up into small groups. They can share their rationale before challenging them to reach consensus as a group about what items are most useful. 
  • You can make up a “series of unfortunate events” that may occur at any point during the decision-making process. These events may change groups priorities or render certain items more or less useful depending on the event. 
    • Examples: It starts to storm on the island you are stranded on – or- One of your group members starts to become ill for seemingly no reason.


  • 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?


  • 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.?

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?