Leadership Training Activities
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
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Supporting and building a good leadership team is essential for any workplace. A successful leader is capable of providing confident people management and effective implementation of company practises, all while aiming to achieve company-wide performance objectives and goals.
Effective leaders must do more than just lead, they need to inspire the team want to work cohesively to solve problems and achieve targets. In order to provide the direction, guidance, and motivation needed to excel in these areas leaders need to have strong communication, time management, delegation and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to be flexible in their leadership style.
These leadership skills do not necessarily come naturally to everyone, dedication and commitment to personal and professional growth is essential.
Supporting Your Leadership Team Development
Targeted leadership team building activities have been proven to be very effective in building confidence and supporting your leadership team’s growth and development by providing situations where much needed skills can be developed, practised and enhanced. These activities can be on or offsite, physical or sedentary, but they all must all share clearly defined objectives to be most effective.
Some of the more common workplace objectives are improving communications, coaching, planning and decision making skills, building trust, decreasing resistance and improving active listening and problem solving skills.
Activities range from specially organised themed events and scavenger hunts to smaller office based tasks that can be integrated into a normal work day, like meeting openers or conference break activities. Whatever the objective, structure is the key; participants need to understand the connection between the activity and the workplace.
However you choose to support your leadership team development, adding the element of fun will increase the effectiveness of the activity, below are some fun leadership training activities to get you started, however if you are looking for professional guidance the team at Stepshift are the experts when it comes to team leadership development.
10 Fun Leadership Team Building Activities
- All Aboard. Participants are required to build a “boat” using pieces of wood, mats, or any other materials available, and then all must stand on the “boat” at once. As pieces of the “boat” are removed the team must endeavour to occupy the ever diminishing space as best they can. This activity helps to encourage communication, problem solving and critical thinking.
- Minefield. The participants are asked to blindfold one team member and then create a ‘minefield’ of obstacles to negotiate around or over. Using only specified communication techniques, for example only being able to use the words left, right, forward, and backwards, the other participants must guide the blindfolded person through the ‘minefield’. This activity can be set in an elaborate outdoors environment or simplified in a regular office space; it is great for enhancing communication skills and building trust.
- The Human Icebreaker. This simple activity is great for breaking the tension in a room and helps encourage discussion and contribution, creating a sense of connectivity. The participants must come up with a series of questions relating to people in a general way, for instance “Who is left handed?” The participants then have to find team members who meet the criteria of the question. The participant with the most answers after 10 minutes wins. This is an excellent activity for developing inter-personal skills and communication.
- Leaders You Admire. Essentially this activity involves participants divided into groups and discussing leaders they know or know of and why they admire them. Groups come back together for a larger discussion and communication session at the end. An activity that helps define desirable leadership characteristics and improves team bonding.
- Round Tables. This activity requires four tables, each set up with a different task. The tasks have to have separate steps that can be delegated among participants. A team leader is selected, who can only communicate and delegate tasks. Each table is timed to see how long it takes to complete the task. This is an activity that helps develop leadership and delegation skills.
- Zoom. This activity requires participants to create a unified story from a set of randomly provided sequential pictures. The participants must find a way to recreate the story’s sequence in the correct order, while being unable to see the pictures the others participants have. This is an excellent activity to encourage communication, tolerance and patience.
- Tallest Tower. For this activity you will need a variety of items to build with, these can be anything readily available, for instance toothpicks, newspapers uncooked pasta, wooden blocks etc. Participants are required to build the tallest freestanding structure from the provided items. This is an ideal activity for creative problem solving and improving collaboration skills.
- Concentration. Participants need to form two equal lines facing each other; one line turns around, giving the second line a few minutes to change several things about themselves. This can include anything from swapping clothing items with other people, to altering your hair do but must be something the other group can easily see. The first line must then identify all of the changes the other group has made. This activity stimulates memory retention and is great for team bonding.
- Plane Crash. This one requires a bit of imagination, participants must pretend they are on a plane that has crashed on a desert island and choose a set amount of items from around the workplace that they think would be most useful to aid in their survival. Each item is ranked in its importance and the entire group has to come to a consensus. An excellent creative problem solving and collaboration activity.
- The Human Knot. This brain teaser depends heavily on how well everyone works together. Participants need to stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder. Then place their right hand in the hand of someone standing across the circle from them. Then place their left hand in the hand of a different person (not standing directly next to them). The participants must then try to untangle themselves without breaking the chain, if broken they must start again. This is a great problem solving and communication activity.
When executed correctly, team leadership activities can have very beneficial impact on businesses, with measureable increases in both productivity and performance, as well as the security of knowing the business is in good hands. For professional advice on your next leadership training activities contact the friendly team at Stepshift today.
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