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Activity 3: Law of the Farm and Other Leadership Metaphors

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare Leader Resource 1, which offers five metaphors to cut into separate slips of paper. If you expect to form more than five small groups, make additional copies to give some metaphors to more than one group. If you have fewer than five groups, you can offer groups a choice of metaphors.

Description of Activity

This activity helps the group create a fuller picture of what it means to be a leader by using a variety of lenses. In small groups, participants explore a metaphor for leadership in a time of change. Then the large group compiles their observations of the wisdom each metaphor offers.

Form groups of four. Give each group a slip of paper with a leadership metaphor from Leader Resource 1. Ask groups to reflect on how the metaphor captures the essence of adaptive leadership, and any ways the metaphor falls short.

Allow ten minutes. Then, invite each group to present their metaphor and their reflections on its wisdom.

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