At some point during your leaderhip training programme you will no doubt be discussing famous leaders; their traits and personalities. Why not turn this into an interesting leadership icebreaker game or energizer?
Make a list of famous leaders and their quotes. Print 2 lists; 1 is your master copy and the other is cut up into strips giving each person a quote or the name of a famous leader. Their job is to match the quote to the leader and hopefully have some meaningful discussions about leadership along the way.
Here's a list of quotes you might like to use:
- Steve Jobs "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
- Peter F. Drucker "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
- Theodore Roosevelt "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
- Kenneth Blanchard "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."
- "Eleanor Roosevelt "A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves"
- Nelson Mandela "When you let your own light shine, you unconsciously give others permission to do the same."
- Winston Churchill "Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war."
- Thomas Jefferson "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it."
This could be quite a difficult task unless you choose famous quotes, but can be a great lead-in to a discussion and reflection on famous leadership styles. Once the game is over take time to really try and understand the meaning behind the words.
Leadership icebreakers are a brilliant way to start your leadership programs. They can be used as energizers too to break up the session and engage your participants.
Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games for training, meetings, away days, team building and conferences. A quick ice breaker at the start of a meeting or event helps people relax, injects a sense of fun into gatherings and speeds up that getting to know you stage, and ready to face the rest of the event with high energy and expectation.