Leadership Thumball

Leadership Thumball

The Leadership Thumball was designed to help organizations and individuals reflect and share thoughts about their leadership. There are 32 different leadership questions pre-printed on the panels of the ball.

Type of Activity:    Leadership recognition, Problem Solving, Reflection tool

Props Needed:  Leadership Thumball™

Set Up:   Good for groups of 1–100; small groups of 10 people per ball is recommended.  Invite your group to sit or stand in a circle.

Concept:  The questions can be answered in a group setting or used with individuals on a specific leadership path. Feel free at any time to reword or alter the question provided. Each question is simply a starting point; take it in any direction you desire.  Be creative and avoid one-word answers. Expand on your answer as often as you can. Allow one question to lead into full-blown conversations.


Ice breaker: Invite each participant to find a partner. Toss the ball to one participant and ask them to announce the question under their thumb. Have each pair share their response to the question announced. After a few minutes of discussion time, toss the ball to a new participant and repeat the process. Encourage 3-4 discussion questions.

Leadership Discussions: Invite participants to get into a circle. Ask participants to toss the Thumball to another participant. This person should catch it, look under their thumb and respond to the question found there. We recommend one Leadership Thumball for every 10 participants.

Journaling: There are 32 questions on the ball. Pick one question each week and spend a minimum of 15 minutes journaling thoughts about your leadership. Keep all of your writings in one location to look back and see how much you grow as a leader over the course of one year.

Sample Questions:

  • Is your ability to lead getting easier or more difficult as you evolve as a leader?
  • What are you doing to remain accountable to others as a leader?
  • What do you have in common with the leader(s) you most admire?
  • As a leader, how do you maintain, or try to maintain, a healthy balance in your life?
  • How are you a better leader today than you were a year ago?
  • How has being a leader made you a better person?
  • What book or books have influenced your leadership abilities/philosophy and in what way?

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