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Question: I'm responsible for planning team-building exercises for a team of eight people. Does anyone have any great ideas of things to go out in the community to do that are fun but also will teach a leadership skill?  -- Bonnie Rohrer


We do our version of the Amazing Race. (coming in March agian. can't wait) Totally fun. We have done golf outings with best ball. I don't think we necessarily teach leadership as much as getting together as a team and accomplishing a goal. That's more the focus

There are a couple of good books of Team Building activities. Try "The Big Book of Team Building Games: Trust-Building Activities, Team Spirit Exercises, and Other Fun Things to Do" or "Quick Teambuilding Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes". Both can be found on Amazon or in your local bookstore. Our office has tried exercises from these books before and had a great time with them. Some of the exercises will likely need to be 'tweaked' for your group but they give a great starting point. Good Luck!

Our county has a leadership program designed to increase awareness of the importance of local government, networking skills, and knowledge of the area. One of the things my class did was have a road ralley. We had to decipher clues that would lead us to a business or public park. there we would get the next clue. We had to decipher each clue along the way to get to our final destination, which was the location of our graduation party. The organizers of the ralley had cell phones and distributed their numbers to each team so you could call in for help if you were hopelessly lost. Every team made it to the final destination, and we all had fun.

An idea our History Center did one time: Prior to the event, have a staff person go out and take close-up photographs of specific motifs located usually on the top/front of buildings downtown. Divide the participants into teams and have each team go out - with pencil and paper in hand - and identify the buildings that have the motifs pictured. We were amazed at how many of us live in our community or drive through it to work each day, but never look up at any of the beautiful old buildings downtown! It sounded sort of dumb at first, but turned into an experience the whole team/class enjoyed! You can derive several leadership qualities in this exercise. Good luck!

Two team building activities that went well with my teams
1) bowling - did this with two different occasions with different groups and it went over very well. In both cases we had the bowling center create random teams and we had a lot of fun.

Another team activity was Bocce Ball; again created random teams and we had tons of fun.

If your company is willing to spend the money, you might consider sending a team of people to the BG US Challenge ( They are having 2 events this year, one in the Pocono Mountains and one in New Mexico. I participated in the first one they had in the USA in 2005 with my company. It is basically a 2 day adventure race and it was the BEST experience of my life! It also created a wonderful team and we've gotten along ever since. We have to train throughout the year (hiking, running, mountain biking and paddling) and that is also a great team builder.

At our company wide meeting we had an activity where group of 4 people had 1 "leader" and 3 "followers". The followers were given blindfolds and were not allowed to speak at all. The leader sat facing the followers, and was given a simple drawing (it was Christmas time so it was a basic Christmas tree with garland, ornaments, presents, with a snow man on either side, and across the top it had Teamwork! written), a blank piece of paper, and a crayon for each follower.

The leader then had to direct each follower to a certain part of the drawing and lead them through each step to recreate the original drawing. At first it was silly sounding, but it was REALLY hard to do both for the leaders and the followers. The leader kept having to deal with frustration as the followers did not do exactly as leader wanted, or followed incorrect directions :) and the followers kept wanting to ask questions or do it differently by habit.

It was really a great excersise in the end.

Organize a clothing drive, work at a food bank, clean up a neighborhood, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Leadership "games" are always contrived, and while they may make you feel good initially, their lessons are quickly forgotten. A contribution of time, energy, and knowledge to the community can last forever and will always strengthen a team of individuals who share the experience.

One year we volunteered for Habitat for Huminity. It was very rewarding and it was fun working together in a different kind of setting, not typical of an office.

If you have a local United Way, why not team up with them to do something good in the community? They can probably suggest needs that will meet your leadership activity requirements.

Wouldn't it be great if your organization could put together a workshop that would invite young adults 12-19 years old to learn the basic's of everyday life. Each team could be given the task of showing the young adults; how to interview with potential employers such as your organization, dressing for success, check writing, or maybe mentorship for future leaders. This is what true leadership is to me. When you can help the community, expecially our young people who many have given up hope on through awareness.

Sometimes we just need someone to show us how to be leaders as well.

Hi Martha,
Junior Achievement has a Success Skills program in many parts of the country which does just what you describe. They are ALWAYS looking for professionals to volunteer. The curriculum is turn-key enough to make it easy for you to prepare and deliver yet flexible enough to add your own personal touches, experiences, and interesting stories to motivate the kids. The program concludes with a field trip to the volunteer's place of work and, if possible, mock interviews.

You are right in saying that it is also a team building experience if a group of individuals volunteer in one or more schools.

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Sally Sales Job November 11, 2009 at 2:14 am

I have to agree there with you Sue, but how about boot camp, or something like fear factor, these are also some great ways of showing leadership and help out the little man in the office. Hope some of these ideas help other people,:)


Brenda | Trade Marks August 19, 2009 at 4:57 am

Wow Sue those are some great things to do, the next thing is trying to get every one involved and for me that is the toughest as everyone comes up with some excuse or another to get out of it


Sue | Office Furniture August 13, 2009 at 2:51 am

What about paint ball, ten pin bowling, not really good at making suggestions but these are always good hope you come right, and one thing when it comes to team building have fun and enjoy it.


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