Activity: Vision Boost
4/12/2016 12:00 AM ,
While we must enlist others in a shared vision, how do we know who to lean on for what and where support is needed? This activity is designed to help student leaders explore how self-confidence and team confidence impacts their ability to create a vision and how to work that vision into one that all team members can support and embrace.
25 - 30 minutes
Materials and Equipment
Arrange team members at a table, at individual desks, or in some other comfortable seating.
Make sure to emphasize that everyone has strengths and growth opportunities based on experience and exposure to different situations in life. The team should build confidence in all of its members because the team as a whole is only as strong as its least confident member.
The key role of the facilitator is to get team members to honestly assess their abilities and focus on how they use their strengths in achieving a shared vision. If every team member is confident in what they can do, they each will perform at a much higher level.
It should also be noted that for a team to prosper in the long run, it must have members who are growing and taking on responsibilities that they previously felt uncomfortable pursuing. It is important for members who have strength in one area to mentor other team members and help them expand their confidence zone. If overall team confidence is boosted, the probability of achieving and expanding a vision increases exponentially.
Use this exercise after participants have been introduced to the principles and behaviors associated with the Practice of Model the Way and some "dream work" has occurred to create a Shared Vision.
Reflection and Connection to the Model
This activity connects to the Practice of Inspire A Shared Vision and, specifically, to Commitment #3: Envision the Future (e.g., imagine the possibilities by reflecting on your past, with an eye to the future where your passion melds with that of others who share in your belief of what is possible).
Thinking about, articulating, and discussing experiences where team members have had success in the past will help team members build their confidence in their ability to successfully take on new challenges.
An important part of this exercise is the opportunity team members have to share with others. The more candid the exchange, the closer the team will become and the more supportive they will be in helping one another grow and develop.
The environment created for these discussions to be most effective must be one that is supportive and nurturing. It typically is easy for team members to talk about areas where they have excelled. However, it can be very difficult to talk about areas of weakness or where development can take place. These growth areas must be looked at as something all of the team must engage in to develop the strongest team possible.
Confidence is key to overcoming obstacles, which comes about when working to Inspire a Shared Vision. And greater confidence equals greater probability of vision achievement.
Ken Dixon, a Certified Facilitator of The Student Leadership Challenge, is President and CEO of Relationsmith, a leading provider of online marketing solutions to independent schools, hospitals, and other nonprofits in the Northeast. He also is founding instructor and program co-developer of the Bruyette Leadership Academy at Westminster School where he incorporates The Student Leadership Challenge into the school’s curriculum to help student government leaders and athletic team captains build a strong leadership foundation. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and A 30-year veteran in marketing and management with such high-profile companies as Booz, Allen, and Hamilton and IBM, he also has held leadership positions in several telecommunications and technology start-ups. Ken can be reached at KDixon@relationsmith.com.
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