Leadership in Action!™ | Leadership Training Activity

Test teams' leadership skills with this exciting learning resource. Challenging, enjoyable and instructive.

Learning Objectives

  • To practise making leadership decisions
  • To take on responsibility for a group
  • To weigh up advantages and downsides of different options
  • To demonstrate effective leadership
  • To assess risk
  • To meet designated objectives

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 24 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount on multiple licences to use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    3-24 (up to four teams of 3-6)

  • Timing

    1.5 hours + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Yes - 1 PC required (printer optional)

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The Activity

Teams each represent a Group Leader of a jungle expedition to scale an unconquered peak. During the 16 day trek a subsidiary objective is to collect Bau Bau berries (for use in medicinal research). Inevitably, as the trek proceeds, challenges arise which must be dealt with by the Group Leader (the team).

For each challenge, 11 in total, there are four of five possible responses. The team discuss the options and must reach a consensus decision on which to choose. Using a unique PIN number each team can access the computer program and input their chosen option. The consequences are then printed for the team to take away and digest, along with their current score and the next challenge. Along the way there are a few variations to the format!

Scores are represented on two gauges. One measures the morale of the expeditionary group, the other measures the teams' leadership skills (this score is not absolutely definitive and teams may put a good case for another option - it makes for lively discussion about leadership). Points are also earned by collecting berries from Bau Bau trees. But in the heat of the action it is all too easy for teams to forget - and raises the point about attention to detail!

At the Debrief the leadership issues raised by the problems are all discussed and scores announced. Key Points Handouts are issued at the end of the session.

Trainer's Role

  • Set up the one computer (and printer if using) and start the program.
  • Divide the group into teams of 3-6, each team at a separate table, and introduce the activity briefly.
  • Issue Team Briefs then, after about 10 minutes, print the first challenge and issue a copy to each team.
  • Issue Decision Forms (one for each participant so that everyone records both the team decision and their own personal decision) and a unique PIN number to each team.
  • Observe teams. Listen in to their discussions and note any points you think may be useful to raise later, during the Debrief.
  • Teams note their decision on the forms and input on computer (using their unique PIN) and receive their results - and the next challenge. These can be viewed directly on-screen or saved as a PDF or printed.
  • When teams enter their final decisions (11 in total) withhold the final results until the Debrief is complete.
  • Lead a discussion to consolidate the key lessons, then issue the final results and announce the winning team - and issue the Key Points Handout.
  • Full guidance given in the Trainer's Notes.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer's Notes
  • Computer program (internet access required)
  • Team Briefs
  • Decisions Forms
  • Handout: Team Review Form
  • Handout: Key Leadership Skills

The computer program is accessed via the Northgate trainerhub.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Option to send briefing information to team leaders digitally via the hub using Team Access Codes
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

We ran 'Leadership in Action' and it helped all to appreciate the complexities of leadership. Talking through group chosen options enables consequential equal reactions to challenges. Great day, thank you.

Carolyn Sanders, Office Manager, Northamptonshire County Council

We have used 'Leadership in Action' and found it excellent. It really challenges people and shows the impact of their decisions, plus highlights the need for attention to detail. It's good for bringing a team together and also is very fun to run and be part of. We really do love your products and hope to purchase more.

Rachel Powell & Jenni Brooks, Directors, Enhance & Aspire Ltd

Fun, competitive, great team building exercise!

Paresh Vara, Regional Training Manager UK , PPHE Hotel Group

Really thoughtful and quite tough, with lots of learning... keep producing such thought-provoking activities!

Keith Posner, Director, Positive Perspective Ltd

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