Heroes That Inspire You A Team Activity
At your next team meeting try this fun team building activity about heroes that inspire you.
A hero is “someone who is admired or idealized” according to dictionary.com. Often heroes display courage, conviction, and self-sacrifice.
We all have heroes. Some are real and some are fictional. Some are alive and others are dead. Some heroes are people we have never met, and others are people close to us. Some heroes are known to many, and other heroes may seem like average, everyday people to others.
When we think about our heroes we are inspired. Sharing our hero stories is one way to let others in on our values and what matters to us.
This team building exercise will uplift your team as they learn more about each other’s values.
- A week before your meeting provide the following instructions to your team: “At our next team meeting, we will each share one of our heroes with each other. You will be asked to share a picture (if possible) and tell a story about why that person is a hero to you. A hero is someone who you greatly admire. It may be anyone. Your hero can be alive, dead, or fictional. Your hero can be well-known or not. It may be difficult, but please only share one hero. I can’t wait to learn about your hero.”
- During your meeting establish how much time each person will have. I recommend 3-5 minutes per person. Use a timer so everyone has equal time. If someone finishes quickly, use the extra time to ask follow-up questions.
- After everyone has shared, ask the team, “What are the common characteristics of the heroes you all shared?” Possible answers include: strength, determination, helpful, inspirational, kind, selflessness, etc.
- (Optional) gather all the pictures of the heroes and make a collage and post it somewhere where everyone can see it as a reminder.
Who is one of your heroes? Please share in the comments below.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and the Forward, community, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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