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Leadership Training - What does a leader do?

Featured in the First-time Leadership training manual

By Clare Llewellyn West

Category: Leadership

Credit price: 3 download credits (Single user)

People often think about leadership in terms of the rather dramatic qualities of many public figures. They think that to be a leader you have to be charismatic, brave and very clever. For this reason they are alarmed or amused by the idea that they themselves could be leaders. ‘What is a leader like?’ from the First-time Leadership activity pack was designed to undermine that anxiety. This activity is about moving on from that approach to think about leaders in terms of what it is a leader needs to do. The whole activity is based very firmly on John Adair’s work on action centred leadership which is excellent preparatory reading for trainers who plan to run these activities.

You start the activity by carrying out a brief discussion of what makes a successful leader. The participants then work in teams to carry out a simple card sorting exercise under the direction of a randomly selected leader. Discussion of the exercise leads into a final session which identifies the key actions and aims of the leader in terms of juggling the three elements: the task; the team; and the individuals.

Who is it for: This training activity is intended for use by trainers to introduce participant to the fundamental idea that leadership is about action.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:4
Max Group Size:20
Typical Duration:01:15:00
No of Pages:15

Resources: View standard resources for Fenman training activities
Additional resources: A pair of dice or a hat and folded slips of paper for each team, A pack of playing cards for each team, 3 juggling balls or 3 oranges.

Purpose: This training activity is intended for use by trainers to introduce participants to the fundamental idea that leadership is about action. It is an essential building block which provides a foundation for working with leadership styles, establishing priorities, and team building.

Download the training activity, Leadership Training - What does a leader do? as featured in the Fenman training manual; First-time Leadership