What Is It Like Being King/Queen?

Materials: Post-its, pencils, chair


Exercise description

Find a volunteer to be the king/queen of the group. They sit in a chair in the middle of the room while the rest write on post-its what they are supposed to be like (expectations of a leader) and attach the post-its to the king/queen. Each post-it should contain just one expectation.

When the process is done, the trainer reads out all the expectations on the king/queen. Then the king/queen is asked: “What is it like for a king/queen with these expectations?”

Then the group is asked to think about which expectations are too much, and which are the responsibility of the group, and they are supposed to divide the post-its into three categories:

– excessive expectations,

– responsibility of the group, and

– realistic expectations of the king/queen.



What are your impressions after this exercise?

What did this exercise remind you of?

Type of exercise:


45-90 min


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