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A personal charter

Featured in the First-time Leadership training manual

By Clare Llewellyn West

Category: Leadership

Credit price: 2 download credits (Single user)

The deceptively simple idea of a personal charter of rights is a useful way to encourage individuals to examine their own self-esteem and their assumptions about life. It is particularly valuable at a time in their career when participants may suddenly be aware of new responsibilities and concerns. The ability to recognise their own rights and the rights of others can diffuse much tension and stress and greatly improve working relationships.

You start the activity by initiating a discussion about personal rights. The participants then work in small groups to discuss the content of a personal charter for those taking part in this training event, before sharing their ideas and reaching a consensus. You then suggest that this approach may be work applying in other areas of life and offer them a model bill of rights for discussion. Finally, point out that this is a topic which they as team leaders may want to approach with their own teams, and discuss the model team charter.

Who is it for: This training activity is intended for use by trainers to provide participants with an opportunity to develop a charter of rights, forming a basis of a training event, and to consider the concept for both their personal and working lives.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:4
Max Group Size:20
Typical Duration:01:05:00
No of Pages:9

Resources: View standard resources for Fenman training activities

Purpose: This training activity is intended for use by trainers and is designed as an opener to a training programme or event – with the initial focus on establishing the rights of the members of the group within the programme. Having recognised the value of their personal charter, participants may then be encouraged to carry it into the workplace – and maybe even spend a little time discussing rights with their team members. There are specific links between the charter and ‘Taking care of yourself’, which deals with stress, ‘Managing yourself’ and ‘Managing time’, on time management, and ‘Making yourself heard’, which looks at assertive communication. If you are a running a longer programme with a group of first-time leaders new to the training environment and to the idea of sharing the responsibility for their learning, you may prefer to split the activity. Start the course with a fairly straightforward agreement on course ‘rules’ and then move to this exercise when you fell the group is more confident and participative.

Download the training activity, A personal charter as featured in the Fenman training manual; First-time Leadership