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What Is Your Superpower

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What Is Your Superpower
By Jon Zajac

What is What Is Your Superpower?

The “What Is Your Superpower?” icebreaker is an engaging activity designed to help participants reflect on their unique talents and strengths while fostering a sense of camaraderie within the group. By sharing and discovering the diverse abilities present in the team, this exercise promotes mutual understanding and collaboration. In this activity, each participant identifies their personal “superpower,” which can be a skill, an attribute, or a unique talent that they possess. They then write this superpower on an index card or sticky note, along with a brief explanation of how they utilize it in their daily life or work. The cards are shared either individually with the entire group, in smaller groups, or anonymously, depending on the facilitator’s preference.

This activity is particularly effective in creating a positive and inclusive environment where individuals feel valued for their unique contributions. It encourages authenticity and helps team members recognize the wide range of talents present within the group. By discussing and highlighting these diverse strengths, the “What Is Your Superpower?” icebreaker facilitates connections among participants and opens up opportunities for potential collaboration.

For remote teams or virtual settings, this activity can be easily adapted using online collaboration tools. Participants can share their superpowers through an online whiteboard or collaboration platform, with synchronous or asynchronous engagement. By fostering a space where everyone’s strengths are recognized and appreciated, the “What Is Your Superpower?” icebreaker strengthens bonds among team members and enhances overall group dynamics.

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Rules for What Is Your Superpower

  1. Reflect on your unique skills, personal attributes, or talents to identify your “superpower.”
  2. Write down your superpower along with a brief explanation or example on an index card or sticky note.
  3. Share your superpower voluntarily with the entire group, in small groups, or anonymously, depending on the chosen variation.
  4. Engage in a group discussion about the displayed superpowers, answering questions such as “What did you learn about your colleagues today?” and “How can we leverage these superpowers in our work or project?”
  5. Maintain a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment that encourages authenticity and values every contribution.
  6. Leverage shared superpowers to connect team members and find opportunities for potential collaboration.

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Materials needed for What Is Your Superpower

  • Index Cards or Sticky Notes: These will be used by participants to write down their superpowers and brief explanations or examples.
  • Pens or Markers: Participants will use these to write on the index cards or sticky notes.
  • A Wall or Large Table: This is where the notes/cards with the superpowers will be displayed for everyone to see during the sharing portion of the activity.
  • Tape or Pins (Optional): If you choose to display the superpowers on a wall, you may need tape or pins to secure the cards.

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Setting up for What Is Your Superpower

To set up for the “What Is Your Superpower?” icebreaker activity, you need to decide on a suitable grouping strategy based on the size of your audience and desired intimacy level. Arrange the room accordingly, ensuring that everyone can see the display area where index cards or sticky notes with participants’ superpowers will be placed. Set up enough space for all group members to gather around and engage in comfortable discussions during the sharing portion of the activity.

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How to play What Is Your Superpower

### Instructions for the “What Is Your Superpower?” Icebreaker Activity

  1. Introduction: Set the Stage
    • Briefly explain the purpose of the activity to encourage participants to reflect on their unique skills and strengths, as well as discovering the diverse abilities within the group.
  2. Reflection: Identify Individual Strengths
    • Ask each participant to think about what they consider to be their “superpower,” which can be a skill, personal attribute, or talent.
  3. Writing: Make it Tangible
    • Provide index cards or sticky notes and pens for participants to write down their superpowers along with an explanation or example.
  4. Sharing (Optional Variations): Express and Discover
    • Participants can voluntarily share their superpower with the entire group, discuss them in smaller groups before displaying them, or post them anonymously on a wall for others to guess.
  5. Group Reflection: Connect and Learn
    • Facilitate a discussion about what was learned from colleagues’ superpowers and how they can be leveraged in work or projects.
  6. Conclusion: Affirmation and Appreciation
    • Conclude by highlighting the variety of talents within the room and affirming the value of diverse strengths in achieving common goals.

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Benefits of What Is Your Superpower

  • Fosters self-awareness: By encouraging participants to reflect on their unique strengths and talents, this icebreaker promotes self-awareness and introspection, allowing individuals to better understand their own abilities and how they can contribute to a team or project.

  • Promotes open communication: The activity creates a safe space for participants to share personal aspects of themselves, which can lead to more open and authentic communication within the group, fostering trust and understanding among team members.

  • Celebrates diversity: By highlighting the wide range of talents and skills present in the room, this icebreaker emphasizes the importance of diversity and demonstrates how different strengths can complement each other, creating a more well-rounded and effective team.

  • Encourages active listening: During the group sharing portion of the activity, participants are encouraged to actively listen to their colleagues, fostering attentiveness and empathy as they learn about the unique talents and experiences of others.

  • Boosts morale and motivation: Recognizing and appreciating individual strengths can increase confidence and motivation among team members, creating a more positive and engaged work environment where individuals feel valued for their contributions.

  • Facilitates collaboration: By identifying shared superpowers or areas of expertise, this icebreaker provides opportunities for team members to connect and find common ground, potentially leading to new collaborations or partnerships within the group.

  • Breaks down barriers: Encouraging participants to share personal strengths can help break down social barriers and create a sense of unity, making it easier for individuals to form connections and engage with one another.

  • Provides insight into team dynamics: Observing how participants interact during this icebreaker can offer valuable insights into group dynamics, helping leaders identify areas for growth or potential challenges within the team.

  • Reinforces a culture of continuous learning: By emphasizing the value of diverse skills and talents, this icebreaker encourages a mindset of continuous learning and development, where individuals are open to discovering new strengths and abilities in themselves and others.

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Skills built with What Is Your Superpower

  • Interpersonal Communication: I improve my ability to articulate my strengths and talents to others, which can help build connections and foster trust within a team or community.
  • Active Listening: I practice attentive listening when others share their superpowers, allowing me to better understand their unique abilities and perspectives.
  • Empathy: I enhance my empathetic skills by appreciating the diverse strengths and backgrounds of others, promoting a more inclusive and understanding environment.
  • Self-awareness: I reflect on my own talents and abilities, deepening my understanding of my personal value and how I can contribute to a team or project.
  • Collaboration: I learn about the superpowers of my colleagues, which can help me identify potential collaborations, synergies, and opportunities for mutual growth.
  • Inclusivity: I create an inclusive space where participants feel comfortable sharing their unique strengths, promoting a sense of belonging and engagement.
  • Team Building: I strengthen team dynamics by recognizing and valuing the diverse talents within the group, fostering a culture of collaboration and appreciation.
  • Adaptability: I become more adaptable by understanding the various skills and attributes present in my team or community, allowing me to navigate challenges more effectively.
  • Confidence Building: I boost my confidence and self-esteem by acknowledging my unique strengths and abilities, as well as those of my peers.
  • Leadership: I develop leadership skills by modeling vulnerability, active listening, and respect for others, empowering participants to share their talents and ideas.

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Why I like What Is Your Superpower

I like the “What Is Your Superpower?” icebreaker because it encourages participants to reflect on their unique talents and strengths, promoting self-awareness and confidence. By sharing these abilities in a supportive environment, individuals can foster mutual understanding and appreciation, which is crucial for team building. This activity also allows teams to discover hidden talents or underutilized skills within the group, providing opportunities for collaboration and growth.

The adaptability of this icebreaker for various settings, whether in-person or remote, makes it a versatile tool for facilitators. The optional variations and tips provided ensure that the activity can be tailored to meet the needs of different groups and contexts while maintaining an inclusive and engaging atmosphere. Furthermore, the focus on diverse strengths highlights the importance of valuing individual contributions in achieving common goals or projects.

Overall, I appreciate the “What Is Your Superpower?” icebreaker for its potential to create connections, promote engagement, and recognize the value of each participant’s unique abilities.

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Tips for making What Is Your Superpower more inclusive

  • Tip: Provide a Clear Definition of “Superpower.” To ensure that everyone understands the concept, define “superpower” as a unique strength, skill, or personal quality that sets them apart and enables them to make a positive impact on others. This can help participants who may not initially associate themselves with traditional superhero abilities.

  • Tip: Emphasize the Importance of Diversity. Make it clear from the outset that every participant’s contribution is valuable, regardless of their background, role, or personal characteristics. By emphasizing diversity, you create an inclusive space where everyone feels comfortable sharing their superpowers.

  • Tip: Offer Multiple Sharing Options. Provide various ways for participants to share their superpowers, including anonymous options and smaller group discussions. This can help alleviate the pressure of public speaking and encourage more introverted individuals to participate.

  • Tip: Use Inclusive Language During Facilitation. Ensure that your language is gender-neutral, respectful, and avoids stereotypes. For example, use phrases like “individuals with different abilities” instead of “abled/disabled people,” or “first language” rather than “native language.”

  • Tip: Encourage Participants to Reflect on Intersectionality. People often have multiple identities and intersecting experiences that shape their superpowers. Invite participants to consider how various aspects of their identity, such as race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status, influence their strengths and talents.

  • Tip: Be Aware of Cultural Differences. When facilitating cross-cultural groups, be mindful that not all cultures may interpret the concept of “superpowers” similarly. Adapt your language and examples accordingly to ensure that everyone can relate to the activity.

  • Tip: Address Power Dynamics. If there are significant power differences within the group (e.g., between managers and employees), create a level playing field by encouraging open communication, empathy, and mutual respect. You might also consider having leaders share their superpowers first to set a positive example.

  • Tip: Follow Up with Actionable Steps. After the icebreaker, translate the insights gained into practical actions that can be taken to foster an inclusive environment and leverage diverse strengths in your team or community. For example, assign team members to roles that align with their superpowers or create opportunities for cross-functional collaboration.

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Reflection questions for What Is Your Superpower

  1. How did participating in this activity make you feel about your own strengths and talents? This question can help participants reflect on their personal growth and self-awareness gained from the exercise.
  2. Did any of your colleagues’ superpowers surprise or inspire you? If so, why? This question encourages reflection on others’ strengths and fosters appreciation for diverse skills within the team.
  3. Can you identify any shared superpowers among team members? How can these be used to benefit your work or project? Highlighting common strengths can help build connections and collaborations in the group.
  4. What was challenging about sharing your superpower with others? How might you overcome those challenges in future interactions? This question promotes self-awareness and growth by addressing potential discomforts or barriers to sharing personal strengths.
  5. How can you utilize your own superpower to contribute positively to the team’s goals or projects? Encouraging participants to think about how they can apply their talents in a practical sense helps them feel empowered and engaged in the group’s success.

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About the author

Jon Zajac

Jon Zajac

Founder & Chief Icebreaker

I started Icebreaker Spot because I truly believe that strong connections are the foundation of successful teams. I wanted to create a platform that would make it easy for people to find and share icebreakers and team building activities, empowering them to build trust, foster collaboration, and ultimately, achieve greatness together.

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