Leadership and Skill-Building Activities and Exercises

Entrepreneurs are creative thinkers who are passionate about new ideas, but in a new business, leadership and practical skills are necessary to create a successful company that puts ideas into action. Small business owners are responsible for directing and managing every aspect of their companies, including their employees and lower-level managers. Activities and exercises that foster leadership and communication can help owners and employees develop important business skills.


  1. Coaching a team in a recreational setting such as in an informal sports league for adults or a child’s sports team can provide valuable leadership experience. Coaches must instruct team members about techniques and strategies and delegate responsibilities to players, which are tasks that business managers face on a day-to-to-day basis. A good coach also must be able to communicate clearly and to resolve conflicts between team members.

Egg Drop

  1. Egg drop is a team-building exercise aimed at promoting sound resource management. To play the game, workers are divided into teams and each team is given an egg, as well as certain amount of fake money to buy construction materials like cardboard, straws and other packaging materials. Each type of packaging material has a set price; teams must decide carefully which materials to purchase to create a structure around the egg to protect it from a fall. After teams build their egg-protecting structures, they drop their eggs onto a hard surface. Teams continue dropping eggs at increasing heights; the team whose egg survives the highest fall wins.

Blind Drawing

  1. Blind drawing promotes effective communication, an essential leadership skill. To begin the exercise, workers are divided into pairs and one person in each pair puts on a blindfold. The other partner receives an image and gives verbal instructions to help the blindfolded person to draw the image as accurately as possible. After five minutes, participants switch and compose a new drawing.

Worker Cross-Training

  1. In the modern workplace, employees often specialize in specific tasks. When a worker who performs a specialized task misses work or leaves a company, a manager may have difficulty filling the void. Worker cross-training allows workers to train with one another so that each worker is aware of the basic tasks co-workers perform. Workers with sufficient cross-training can fill in for one another, which can allow a work group to better deal with absences.