Quickly gets groups interacting and exploring some basic ideas about leadership, leadership traits and situational leadership.
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The activity is in two parts and very easy to run.
Part 1 Each team receives brief details of six individuals: their photo and characteristics related to their leadership qualities. Teams then receive six typical leadership types or styles which they must match with the six leaders. Reaching team consensus generates lots of discussion about leadership traits!
Part 2 Each team is now given six situations which they must try to match to the six leaders. Which leadership style is best suited for each of the six situations? Again, the process leads to lots of debate about situational leadership and the idea that, to meet different situations, leaders need flexibility and a range of approaches in their armoury.
Further questions to raise:
● Ask participants if they can think of someone at work (without necessarily naming) who they think is a good leader. What six words sum up their main attributes?
● As the activity is performed in teams ask them to reflect on how they performed. Did they feel the need for a team leader? Did one emerge? What was the role of leader? What was the style?
A great, hands-on introduction to leadership. It quickly gets people thinking about the different angles.
And one more point!
It ‘s worth pointing out to the group that, today, the myriad of communication options that await us on a daily basis make it possible to overturn the traditional leadership models. It means that anyone who has a new thought or vision can be ‘a leader’….. How can participants cultivate their own, possibly dormant, leadership skills? What are the implications for the workplace?
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I have integrated the 'Introduction to Leadership' activity into one of my Management Development Programmes, which created a lot of discussion around the different types of Leadership and people identifying which traits they followed.
Maxine Knight, Management Development Trainer, Norwood