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Leadership Ice Breaker

Barack ObamaAn interesting way to start a leadership program with delegates who don't know each other would be to run an ice breaker game to help people get to know each other quickly and spark a few discussions. Try to find an ice breaker that has a leadership theme as a lead-in to the topic of the day. The following leadership ice breaker idea would serve to generate enthusiasm and opinions about the topic:

You will need to prepare beforehand a set of speeches from world class leaders. This can be easily done on the internet. You will need a speech and the name of the famous leader.

When your group have assembled give each one a few lines of the speech and another the name of the leader. Ask people to mingle and find the person with whom the speech matches. Once they have paired up famous leader and famous speech they should spend a few minutes sharing a bit about themselves to each other and their thoughts on this particular leader.

When everyone has paired up ask the group to come back together and then ask pairs to introduce each other. Ask them to read out a few lines of the speech and see if anyone else can guess who the leader is. Once the leader is identifed by the rest of the group the pair can then share a few thoughts on the leadership style of the leader. Carry on around the circle.

  • This exercise can be quite difficult unless well know leaders and speeches are picked.
  • The ice breaker can be quite lengthy with discussions of various leaders. With this in mind it's a great lead-in to leadership styles. However if this is not required at this moment in time you can omit this stage or keep it brief.
Here's a few leaders and lines of speeches you can use:
Martin Luther King
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
Queen Elizabeth I
"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; butI have the heart and stomach of a king"
George Washington
"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."
Charles de Gaulle
"The flame of French resistance must not and shall not die"
John F Kennedy
"Ask not what your country can do  for you; ask what you can do for your country"
Nelson Mandela
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is aAn ideal for which I am prepared to die"
Ronald Reagan
"Mr Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall"
Barack Obama
"America is a place where all things are possible"
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