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What kind of leader can you be?

Featured in the First-time Leadership training manual

By Clare Llewellyn West

Category: Leadership

Credit price: 3 download credits (Single user)

Increasingly, we recognise that leadership requires us to respond in different ways in different situations. There is not a single best way to lead a group, team or organisation. Effective leaders select the style and response that suits a particular situation. This is the foundation of action-based leadership. This leadership training resource is valuable in forcing individuals to think through situations in some depth and recognise the need for different approaches at different times. The exercise also provides an opportunity for participants to experience team work with an appointed leader and discuss the impact of their particular leadership style. It is also a lot of fun and gets people very involved and aroused!

You introduce the leadership training activity with a brief discussion of a spectrum of leadership responses ranging from highly authoritative to delegatory styles. Participants then work individually to decide their preferred response to a variety of situations. Next, they divide into small teams where they negotiate and agree a group decision on each situation. Their elected team leaders then debate the solutions and attempt to reach consensus. Finally, you lead a discussion with the whole group – discussing both the issues arising from the specified situations and the experience of being part of a team with a leader.

Who is it for: This leadership training activity is intended for use by trainers to help participants to recognise action-based leadership, and allow experiential learning of different leadership styles.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:4
Max Group Size:20
Typical Duration:01:55:00
No of Pages:19

Resources: View standard resources for Fenman training activities

Purpose: This leadership training activity is intended for use by trainers to help participants to develop a better understanding of the need for flexible leadership styles. It could follow ‘What does a leader do?’ which provides some of the knowledge base. It can also be linked with ‘What kind of leader are you?’ where individuals will have assessed their habitual leadership style, and provide a challenge to vary and develop their approaches. This activity is also very useful in connection with understanding and developing specific team leadership skills and so could be linked effectively with ‘Making yourself heard’ and ‘Communicating effectively’.

Download the training activity, What kind of leader can you be? as featured in the Fenman training manual; First-time Leadership