Leadership Inspirations Activities

You’re A Star

An easy way to show group members why they are stars!

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Appreciation Activity

Materials

Poster paper, markers or stickers

 

SUMMARY

Participants will “star“ the specific qualities that they think their fellow group members embody.

 

SET UP

  • Create a poster for each participant with their name and a list of things that they could bring to the team. Each poster should have the same list of qualities. For example:
    • Imagination, calm presence, reliability, mentorship, connectedness, great ideas, engagement, drive,
      love for the team, creativity, planning, professionalism, diplomacy, knows the needs of the team,
      organization, energy, approachability, appreciation for others, passion for their work, strength, focus
      on the team, knowledge, & confidence.
  • Hang the posters or place them on desks around the room.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give each participant a marker or a sheet of stickers.
  • Tell each participant to visit everyone else’s poster, pick the one word or phrase that they think that person embodies the most, and add a sticker or draw a star next to it.
    • Facilitator Note: Make sure that the participants know to only add one star or sticker to each
      poster. This is so that everyone ends up with the same amount of stars or stickers on their poster.
      Or, allow particpiants to be able to give more stars by deciding on a specfic number and holding
      everyone to that number. As a general guide, each poster should look like it is decorated with
      stars, not sparse, so choose the number of stars based on how many qualities and participants are
      included in the activity. As an example, if there are ten people in the group with 20 qualities on a
      poster, four stars would be a good amount.
  • After everyone has visited each poster, have the participants find their own poster, take it down, and see which words and phrases their group members think they embody most.

VARIATIONS

  • Try having your group brainstorm a list of qualities that they think people in their group exhibit and use those qualities on each poster. You may need to add in some of your own to make sure that there is a wide variety qualities for participants to choose from when picking what they want to star.
  • For a similar way to recognize qualities in individual group members, see Spotlight.

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?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

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 does your group do well as a 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?