Creative Leadership: Discover New Training Games

The brilliant thing about leadership is that it’s creativity is only limited by the means in which it’s lived out in your life. We’ve moved into a period of history where it’s unacceptable to be black and white or dare I say it – beige!

So, looking forward into new methods of leadership and utilizing creativity, how can we change?

On Opening Hearts

Lance Secretan once said this:

“Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.”

Creative leadership means thinking outside of the box of mundane. Where it once was OK to stand in front of a group of people and talk for an hour or two, now you’re thought of as old fashioned, boring and irrelevant. People need different types of stimulant and communication to learn and be open to hear what you have to say.

Leadership Training Games

Leadership games and icebreakers have become more important, not in the traditional sense of just facilitating icebreakers in a group scenario but also teaching valuable leadership techniques. They’re not just fun and awkward 10 minutes during a training session, but can become a bigger learning adventure than any subject matter that can be created.

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I’ve seen business simulation games really open up ideas and creativity in teams which lacked both ideas and creativity. The work that comes out of it is innovative and sticks with the participants. Further than that though, the concepts which have come from these leadership games often get applied to businesses and organizations.

Opening Up Creativity

These training games open up creativity in three particular ways;

1. Putting groups of people in a creative environment stimulates personal innovation.

2. Stimulating creativity among two or more people help to bring an idea into reality.

3. Opening people up to new ideas and reality prompts people to grow and be creative with future endeavors.

Obviously the expectation isn’t that you completely transform the ways in which you teach and lead in one instance, but rather why not take an opportunity this year to do something different. Be creative and open your eyes to new possibilities in a team leadership environment.

So what are you doing to open up people and help them discover new ways to be creative in their leadership development? what steps can you take in the future to start to investigate clever ways to open up their minds? What types of successes have you had in the past with training games? I would love to hear your thoughts!


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  1. John Smith on May 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Reblogged this on THE STRATEGIC LEARNER.

  2. Dr. Scott Simmerman on May 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

    We’ve been selling The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine for 20+ years now for leadership development, teambuilding, engagement and collaboration. We have other exercises designed for creativity and innovation based on our Square Wheels cartoons.

    Nothing “new” about experiential learning and participative involvement. Generating behaviors to debrief and improve is pretty straightforward — it’s about stepping back from the wagon and looking at things differently.

  3. jasperdavis192 on August 16, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Growth of any business depends on training; what and how the training is imparted to the employees means a lot for the business success. It is an important part of organization’s work. Innovative methods like gaming are very much useful to spark a sense of creativity and strategic development in the employees.