Leadership Challenge™ | Leadership Training Activity

Inspire your team to gain top score. Exciting challenge where teams define leadership and put their chosen leaders to the test.

Learning Objectives

  • Allows teams to experience leadership in action
  • Highlights qualities of good leadership
  • Stresses importance of team briefing and setting objectives for a team
  • Provides a platform to discuss leadership styles

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 4 teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    2 hours + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

In this table-top simulation each team first chooses a leader. Each leader is given a £500 budget, a map and 10 minutes to familiarise themselves with the Brief. During this period the rest of the team completes a questionnaire about leadership qualities – for discussion later.

Essentially teams must collect as many points as possible by visiting places on a map. Leaders, with their own chosen style of leadership, brief their teams and oversee the activity. Information on costs such as ferry timetables, time and distance and overnight accommodation are available on request – but information costs money – and eats into a tight budget!

Trainer's Role

  • Ask each team to nominate a leader. Take the leaders to an area and give them the briefing papers which they can study but cannot take back to their teams
  • Meanwhile the teams are drawing up a profile of what makes a good leader. Leaders return to their teams and brief them – from their notes
  • Observe teams in action.
  • After the alloted time, stop the activity and check teams' chosen routes. Finally, issue Routes Cards for teams to check their routes themselves - and announce the winning team.
  • Lead a Debrief supported by the Trainer’s Notes and PowerPoint presentation.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • Trainers PowerPoint
  • Trainer's Reference: The Routes
  • Handout: What Makes a Good Leader?
  • Briefing Folders including Sketch Maps
  • Information Sheets
  • Data Request Forms
  • Route Planner
  • Routes Card

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied 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
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

We used 'Leadership Challenge' as part of a leadership development programme with senior managers at a County Council. It is an excellent exercise for enabling managers to put learning into practice, whether they are the leader or a team member. A great discussion about leadership effectiveness takes place after the exercise has finished .

Claire Watson, Lucia Consultancy

Used as part of a 'Performance MOT' course with junior/middle managers, 'Leadership Challenge' highlighted the role of a leader in a complex task. The activity was different, challenging and fun.

Maureen Tallis, UK Community Engagement Manager, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

An excellent activity for our client group of law firm partners. After a day of leadership theory, the 'Leadership Challenge' game brought home the crucial points and added energy and fun to our awayday.

Rachel Stone, Smith & Williamson LLP

I ran the Leadership Challenge activity: great fun, great learnings. And of course, working with intelligent people, some of the participants tried all kinds of new out-of-the-box solutions that were not mentioned in the game in order to win! Overall, it is a great game that can be played with all kinds of audiences (because the diversity of the groups, and the cultural and linguistic challenges that brought with it, I added a bit of preparation time), and with all kinds of goals in mind… Looking forward to running it again! Thank you very much!

Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, Managing Partner, Guideline International

'Leadership Challenge' is an excellent activity for individuals and teams to focus, plan and achieve the goal whilst the Leader encourages and motivates throughout the exercise.

Jim Murphy, Training Manager, Iceland Foods Ltd

Our 'Leadership Challenge' session went really well, really enjoyed by all and achieved our objectives.

Alison Townson, Founder, Leadership Generation

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