Leadership is all about showing the way and carrying your team along. A leader should be an example to others and like always say leaders are developed but not born. Everyone who aspires to be a leader and those who have been great leaders in the past made the necessary sacrifices that too them there. A leader is one who takes responsibility and can make good use of available resources to make profits and achieve organizational goals. A leader has several qualities that make them stand out. Some of these qualities include:
1. Leaders are restless until they have achieved their goal.
2. Leaders are accountable in all situations.
3. Leaders take responsibility for the consequences of the actions.
4. Good leaders know and strive to communicate properly.
5. Good leaders are always seeking to know more.
6. Successful leaders are persistent in pursuing their goals.
7. Successful leaders are generous and continuously build others.
8. Successful leaders carry a positivity mentality.
9. They are able to take the right decisions.
10. Leaders learn to be patient with others.
11. Successful leaders innovate and seek to make processes easier.
12. They are passionate about their work and this drives them daily.
13. They stay inspired and also inspire others.
14. Successful leaders have a high sense of integrity.
15. They are focused on their vision.
16. They are confident people and can face up
I shall examine some of the group leadership activities that would help in the development and enhancement of leadership skills. These activities can be used in organizations to prepare their employees for higher positions of responsibility. These activities would also help to identify upcoming leaders that can be groomed.
The Game of SWOTYou can separate everyone into 4 groups and have 4 spots that can represent a particular aspect of the SWOT analysis matrix. The groups may be represented as: Group A - Strengths, Group B - Weaknesses, Group C - Opportunities and Group D - Threats. You can then give out sheets of paper with a list of 10 things listed under each group label that highlights a feature of a mock company. You can include a short overview of the mock company with all the necessary information that would give each group enough knowledge about the company.
You can ask each group to select a team leader before they start and find out how they were able to choose their leader at the end of the session.
Activity: You can ask the team members to develop a method with which to measure the strengths of the company and if these are going to be able to keep it afloat. If there are weaknesses, can they easily be resolved? How would the threats against the company be dealt with? Are there enough opportunities? What is required to save the company and if they can, what would they do to keep it afloat in the face of stiff competition?
Time allowed: 45 mins
Outcome: Allow the team leaders explain their plan based on the activity outline. Select the best case and allow the class to discuss how they were able to work together.
The Idyllic Leader - How Leaders Combine Wit and SkillEveryone has their own idea of the type of leader they want to work with. The qualities they possess are very important and make it easier for people to admire them. Some leaders may be chosen for doing the job but not because they are admired by people.
Activity: Ask the group to list the qualities they admire in a leader and write the 5 most important qualities that a leader should possess.
Time allowed: 20 mins.
Outcome: Collect the answers from the groups and discuss
the qualities which each person has written down. Let some members of the group explain why some of the qualities were important to them. You can also ask them why they think a leader should be 'book smart' as against being 'street smart'.
Sense of DirectionBlindfolding Employees
This activity is expected to show how difficult it is to follow instructions when blindfolded and also attempt to remove obstacles from the way. The purpose of this activity is to teach employees how they can give directions to their team members by using their voices to help others move through a maze of stops and turns. This will teach them a valuable lesson while they would also have some fun too.
Activity: Show them how this activity should play out. Pick 2 or 3 individuals to create a pathway for people to walk through using chairs. After creating the pathway, separate them into 4 groups with a team leader. The leader is to lead his or her group through the maze using their voice as a guide while the others move in a train-like manner, blindfolded.
Outcome: The leader who guides his team successfully to the finish line without scattering the obstacles is the winner. It is important to emphasize the importance of paying attention to details. This activity will also help the leaders learn the art of communicating with their team members.
CheckmateChess Board: Playing under pressure
This activity will show how people can stay in control of situations regardless of distractions that may abound. It shows how people can remain focused and prevent external factors from influencing their approaches and decisions.
Activity: You can get people that know how to play chess to compete against each other. The winner is given an opportunity to decide what punishment is to be given to the loser. The other members of the group can sit to watch them playing and they can be asked to do things to distract the player's concentration. They can be asked to watch the player's body language to see if they can handle stress.
Time allowed: 30 mins
Outcome: You can ask the winner and the opponent how it felt playing under pressure, especially with the limited time they were given to complete the game.
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