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Who said that?

Work together to figure out who said these famous quotes about leadership

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
  • A4 paper
  • Access to a printer (optional)

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • You can either print out the example quotes about leadership below or put together a list of your own quotes to use in this activity. You might only want to choose 10-15 quotes from the list below.

Work it out

  1. Have a quick chat with everyone about leadership and how it can come in many different forms.
  1. Explain that everyone will get into pairs, the person leading the activity will then read out a leadership quote and the pairs have to work together to figure out who said it.
  2. Ask everyone to get into pairs, grab a pen and piece of paper and find somewhere to sit in the meeting place.
  1. Read out the first quote. Give everyone 60 seconds to discuss and write down their answers.
  2. Continue to read out each quote one by one, giving time for people to write down their answers, until they have all been read out. When all the quotes have been read out, ask if any need repeating.
  3. Go through the answers to see how well everyone did.


This activity needed you to work together to figure out which leader said which quote. Did you know any of the quotes already? Were there any quotes which you understood better?

Think about what you are doing in your personal life. Could any of the quotes help support and motivate you?

There are lots of different types of leaders, even some people we might not associate with being a leader. Which quote and leader surprised you the most? Think about if there was someone you didn’t think as a leader, what was it about their quote that made you think differently?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.