Leadership Inspirations Activities

Personal Goal Setting

Set goals that will help you grow in your role


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Paper, writing utensils



Participants will set personal goals for themselves that will help them grow.



  • Pass out paper and a writing utensil to each participant.


  • Start with an introductory discussion: 
    • What are goals? 
    • Why are goals important?
  • Then, ask participants to think about some personal goals they have for themselves.
  • Have each participant choose 3-4 categories to set goals for from the following list:
    • Attitude 
    • Job/Role
    • Working Relationships
    • Leadership Style
    • Learning & Growth
    • Accountability & Follow Through
    • Organization & Preparedness
  • Have each participant write down one goal for each category they picked. 
  • After participants have had a chance to write down their goals, have them share in small groups or choose one to share out loud with the large group. 
  • Tell them to keep these goals somewhere where they can refer back to them at a later time.


  • Pair this activity with Accountabilibuddies
  • For large groups, have participants write their goals on poster paper instead and lead the group in a Gallery Walk
  • Plan a time to check in on these goals later in the year for progress and updates. 


  • 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.?


  • 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?
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?