Part 1 - In pairs
Leader-Follower Dynamic - Activity
1a. (A) facilitates (B) with Clean Language to create two metaphors for:
- When you’re leading at your best, that’s like what?
- When you’re being led as you’d like, that’s like what?
Swap roles, (B) facilitates (A).
1b. (A) and (B) each draw their own two metaphors.
Part 2 - In the same pair
2a. One person places their metaphors where they need to be and then places themself.
From within the metaphors:
- What do you know from here?
- What are the advantages/disadvantages of leading this way?
- What are the advantages/disadvantages of being led this way?
- Is there a relationship between how you lead and how you like to be led?
Repeat for the other person’s metaphors.
Part 3 - In TWO pairs
3a. Get with another pair and arrange the 8 drawings into two groups: 4 leader metaphors and 4 led metaphors
For each pair, (B) describes (A)’s metaphors and then vice versa.
3b. As a group:
- What do you notice about the leader metaphors?
- What do you notice about the led metaphors?
Part 4 - In same TWO pairs
4a. Place ONE of the leader metaphors next to the 4 led metaphors and ask the owner:
- What can you learn as a leader from how these people like to be led?
Repeat for the other leader metaphors.
4b. Put the 4 leader metaphors together.
Consider: If these four were all part of a leadership team:
- How would they work together?
- What challenges would they need to be aware of?
Everyone redraws or updates their own metaphor drawings.