Activity 5: The Essence of Leadership

Activity 5: The Essence of Leadership
Activity 5: The Essence of Leadership

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers and tape
  • Paper and pens/pencils
  • Optional: Arts and crafts supplies
  • Optional: Posters created in Workshop 11, Activity 5

Preparation for Activity

  • Optional: Obtain and set out a variety of arts and crafts supplies.
  • Optional: Display posters created in Workshop 11.

Description of Activity

Say, "Now that you have had a chance to explore some metaphors for leadership, you are invited to create your own." Invite participants to move into groups of three or four with different people than they worked with in the previous activity. Suggest they spend some time talking about what has touched them in the Harvest the Power workshops and any images that emerged as they encountered new concepts. Perhaps something from the leadership metaphors they have explored has resonated. Indicate participants' posters from Workshop 11, Activity 5, if you have posted them.

Allow small groups about five minutes to speak and listen to one another. Then, invite them to jointly create a metaphor for adaptive leadership. Tell them it can take any form-for example, a short skit, a free verse poem, a bumper sticker, a drawing, a cartoon or a song-any way of expressing the essence of adaptive leadership. Indicate newsprint, markers, pens/pencils and other materials you have available for them to use. Allow 15 minutes for creating their expression of the essence of leadership.

Re-gather the group. Invite each group to present their creation.

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