Silhouettes of a Leader | UMC YoungPeople
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May 2018

Silhouettes of a Leader

By Sharon Cook

Some of your students are, or will be leaders. But all of us take turns being followers. This activity will help students think about the attributes they want in a leader. Prepare by printing out an image of a silhouette for each student, and gathering magazines and newspapers for them to use to find words and images.

  • When it’s time, explain that for the next 15 minutes, you’re going to try to create the perfect leader. Tell them to think about the qualities they hope for in a leader.
  • Then give each student the silhouettes and ask them to use the magazines and newspapers to find words and images that describe their ideal leadership
  • Students then cut out words and images that describe either the kind of leader they want to be or the kind of leader they want to follow and glue those onto the silhouette.

When there are 10 minutes left, invite anyone who wants to the chance to share their work.


  • Assorted magazines, newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks (because glue takes forever to dry)
  • Handouts with the silhouette of a head
After 10 years of serving as pastor in local churches, Sharon now works on Conference Staff in Wisconsin. Her primary areas are camps, young people, and Safe Sanctuaries.