I feel as if every facilitator is looking for new and lead their group. If you are like me, you have a hard time finding activities that are applicable to your program’s goals.
I have compiled a list of my favorite 11 books that are packed full of unique and processing/debriefing activities (in no particular order!).
Top 11 Team Building and Leadership Activity Books for Leadership Trainers
1. The Hundredth Monkey: Activities That Inspire Playful Learning by Nate Folan & Friends
The Hundredth Monkey is a collection of the newest icebreakers, energizers, group games, and nearly 200 variation ideas.
A special chapter on sequencing models how to link activities to increase participant engagement and learning. There is plenty here to inspire anyone who hopes to advance the human condition. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
2. Serious Fun: Your Step-By-Step Guide To Leading Remarkably Fun Programs That Make A Difference by Mark Collard
This book will help you design a leadership program that actually works. It’s not just enough to know the step-by-step guide on how to lead an activity or a classroom…you need to know the fundamental lessons on to create substantial change in a group.
In Serious Fun Mark talks about the seven mistakes program leaders make, and his awesome online training program here. (You will see more of Mark on this list) Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
3. The Leadership Training Activity Book by Lois B. Hart and Charlotte S Waisman
This is the Ph.D of activity books, and effort to make sure these activities are essential for professionals looking for solid leadership training.
Great leaders are trained, not born. The “Leadership Training Activity Book” gives trainers everything they need to teach and apply the most critical leadership competencies participants need. Featuring easily adaptable exercises on a wide range of leadership topics, this collection of activities is an all-in-one resource for any trainer seeking to prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
4. Count Me In: Large Group Activities That Work by Mark Collard
If you’re looking for dozens of sure-fire, high energy, interactive leave-them-wanting for more activities for BIG (and sheer craziness that only a large group of people can give, Count Me In is for you.
If you regularly work with numbers in excess of 30 people – indeed, up to several hundred people – you will learn a ton of brilliant ideas that will keep them – ALL of them – occupied and interactive games work because people love ’em. In total, more than 140 activities, each accompanied with at least one variation. A veritable treasure chest of programming ideas, perfect for any group of people, especially if there is a lot of them. Have FUN. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
5. Team-Building Activities for Every Group by Alanna Jones
This book is filled with fun and get to know one another at a deeper level! You can use the activities to lead a group through the stages of team-building that every group must flow through when bonding. Group members learn about one another using the get to know you games in the Mix It Up chapter.
The Stir It Up chapter contains fun activities that help loosen the group up with icebreaker games. The Team Up chapter of the book is filled with 65 team-building activities and really come together as a close group. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Strengths Finder 2.0 is very different from the rest of the books on this list, but it just as powerful for knowing about your team’s strengths. The online assessment that accompanies this book is by far and leadership resources. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
7. The Big Book of Leadership Games: Quick, Fun Activities to Improve Communication, Increase Productivity, and Bring Out the Best in Employees by Vasudha K. Deming
This book offers managers 50 fun, illuminating experiential activities for building a positive, open, and other off-site management activities, The Big Book of Leadership Games features activities that can be used in the workplace during staff meetings, as a part of training sessions, or even in the course of daily work. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
8. No Props: Great Games with No Equipment by Mark Collard
Ever have to travel and is absolutely awesome. I would tell everyone to add this book to their game bag immediately. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
9. Find Something to Do by Jim Cain
The newest book by Jim Cain is Find Something To Do – 123 powerful and closing activities. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
Mike and to provide new streams of insight during processing. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.
11. by Jennifer Stanchfield
Facilitation is an art. By its very nature it is an experiential practice; an ever dynamic process of give and development.
Jen Stanchfield’s Tips & Tools: the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation explores the facilitator’s role in groups of all kinds.
Bonus Book! Team Building Activities for STEM Groups by Kyle Price (Of course we love this one!)
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and excites students at any age?
Combining our love for both STEM and information about resources needed to complete the activity. Add this book to your leadership toolbox here.