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Leadership Pyramid

This activity is part of the Life Skills Initiative; more information about future challenges is coming soon!

During this activity, you will create a pyramid of adjectives that describe great leaders. Through thoughtful discussions, you will explore diverse leadership qualities and their significance in fostering positive change. The activity aims to inspire you to recognize your own leadership potential and the role you can play in building better, more sustainable, and equitable communities.

Key Competencies

  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration

Materials Needed

  • Flashcards with the adjectives provided
  • Blank flashcards for Scouts to add more adjectives 
Activity Description
  1. Start by thinking about the qualities you believe make an excellent leader. Write them down on small cards or pieces of paper. Feel free to get creative and add more words if you want!
  2. Now, gather your group and explain the activity to them. Share your leadership adjectives and invite them to contribute their ideas too! Remember, there's no right or wrong answer – it's all about sharing perspectives.

  3. Together, arrange the cards in the shape of a pyramid on a whiteboard or a magnetic board. Start with the most important leadership quality at the top and build downwards. Collaborate and listen to each other's opinions.

  4. After constructing the pyramid, discuss the debriefing questions with your friends. Share how difficult or easy it was to describe a great leader. Also, talk about two leaders you admire and why they inspire you.

  5. Now comes the fun part! Challenge yourself and your friends to become great leaders. Think about how you can apply these leadership qualities in your daily life and make a positive difference in your community.

  6. Feel free to add more adjectives to the pyramid as you grow and learn. You can also share the names of leaders you admire on the board.

  7. Celebrate your teamwork and the diverse range of leadership qualities you explored together. Remember, leadership comes in many forms, and each of you has the power to be a changemaker!

  8. Keep the spirit of leadership alive in your group and inspire each other to lead with empathy, courage, and creativity. Who knows, you might become the next great leader in your community! Or maybe you already are!

Have fun building your Leadership Pyramid with your friends and remember that leadership is all about supporting and encouraging each other. Together, you can make a positive impact and create a brighter future! After you finish the activity, use these questions to have a brief discussion with your team: 

  • How difficult is it to describe a great leader? 
  • Can you share two examples of leaders that you find great? 
  • What can you do to be a great leader?
Get Ready for the Activity

Focus the discussion on the debriefing questions and add more if you want. The main goal of this activity is to ensure young people understand that there are many different types of leaders, with different characteristics and that they can become leaders for better, more sustainable and equitable communities. Help them understand that all of us have a role to play.  

Give them the option to add their own adjectives/characteristics of a leader. They can also be encouraged to write the name on the whiteboard of a leader that they consider a role model in their country, their communities, or worldwide. Here is a list of adjectives you can use:

  • Empathetic 
  • Inspiring 
  • Courageous 
  • Respectful 
  • Self-conscious 
  • Grateful 
  • Motivator 
  • Open minded 
  • Honest 
  • Communicator 
  • Passionate  
  • Task-oriented 
  • People-oriented 
  • Changemaker 
  • Role model 
  • Upright 
  • Positive 
  • Creative 
  • Conflict manager 
  • Active listener 
  • Neutral 
  • Unable to follow 
  • Avoids conflict 
  • Self-centered 
  • Selfish 
  • Fixed mindset 
  • Authoritarian  
  • Know-it-all  
  • Inflexible  
  • Aggressive 

Time needed

30 minutes


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Time needed

30 minutes