What Makes a Good Leader?
People often associate leaders with characteristics such as being intelligent, understanding tasks, being proactive, caring, loving, persistent, confident, responsible, and ultimately promoting the team to achieve goals. In a room escape game, a group of people will often discover a lot of people with leadership potential. As long as you pay close attention, you will find that everyone who participates will have certain leadership characteristics. For example, There was a story about an Italian missionary who created bronze statues based on the Chinese zodiac signs. It was said that Castiglione designed the 12 zodiac statues for the Qianlong Emperor and throughout time, these statues went missing. Now all the participants are going to enter the castle in order to look for clues and solve the mystery of the room. Some will know that the first thing to do is to “understand the task”, which is, to find those bronze statues that are missing. After entering the room, the participants will usually be “proactive” to observe and feel around, and maybe they’ll find some insignificant clues. It may not be able to solve the puzzle in time, but you must make good use of the information between teammates and continue to “persist”. This may cause some people to lack “confidence”, so they may easily give up the puzzle and seek help from the staff, but if, some of your teammates are “caring and loving” and will try to encourage everyone.
The Importance of Frustration
In Chinese there’s a saying, “Don’t tell me how big your problem is, just tell your problem how good your ability is!”. Time passes minute by minute, but regardless of whether you have successfully escaped or not, everyone should still take “responsibility” for the outcome no matter if it’s a good or frustrating one. It’s important to turn grief and indignation into strength, and to understand more clearly the strengths and weaknesses of your team, so you can improve the cooperation and productivity between the teams. Therefore, in an escape game, it is often not as simple as just the game. Every detail, every level, every puzzle, and the cooperation between each team member will have different meanings and effects. Learning from mistakes and frustration is very important and sometimes even more effective than just constantly winning because people usually remember their failures the most.
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