This blog has been written since 2007 by Rhett Laubach, professional speaker, leadership expert, owner of YourNextSpeaker, LLC and Co-Founder of PLI, Inc. Ryan Underwood, CEO of TRI Leadership, LLC and Co-Founder of PLI, Inc., is a contributing author. The purpose of this writing is to help you develop leadership and life skills.
General: Activities for your Leadership Class Series (Part 2)
This is the second post in a new series sharing many of our favorite leadership activities we do with our audience members across the nation. Each activity has a proven track record since we actually present at over 300 conferences, retreats, school assemblies and corporate events every year and have for the past 20 years. Enjoy and feel free to share via Facebook, Twitter or email with your network of friends, teachers, trainers, speakers or absolute complete strangers! (We are @pli_leadership on Twitter.)
Objective – For each team to design all of the shapes using only their bodies
Time Needed – 20-30 minutes
Material Needed – List of possible shapes, Music
When not to do it – When the students aren’t in teams
Debrief Possibilities – This activity is primarily just a fun roller-coaster ride for the students, but it does speak to their integrity in playing the game since it is so hectic, it is very easy for the students to cut corners and not get noticed.
1. Have students in a team pick one runner and then sit in a tight circle on the floor.
2. Explain the rules: When the activity starts (music starts) each runner will come to the activity leader and receive their first shape.
3. The runner will go back to the team and tell them the shape. The team must make the shape, using only there bodies and hold that position for 10 seconds.
4. After the 10 seconds is up, the runner will come back to the leader, tell the leader the shape they just made and receive their next shape…repeat as many times as desired.
One of our most popular curriculum pieces is The Activator. It contains this activity, as well as 49 other effective leadership activities!