Leadership and Teamwork Simulation: Everest

by Michael Roberto, Harvard Business School Publishing, and Forio

$150 / seat
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Simulation Overview

Students explore group dynamics and leadership in the context of climbing Mount Everest. In each round of the sim, students decide how to effectively distribute supplies and information needed for the ascent — decisions that affect speed, health, and ultimately the team’s success in summiting the mountain.

This simulation is available in: English & Spanish
The Story

Students play one of five team members attempting to summit Mount Everest in this collaborative, multi-player simulation. During each round of play, team members analyze information on weather, health conditions, supplies, goals, or hiking speed, and determine how much of that information to communicate to their teammates. Failure to accurately communicate and analyze information has consequences on team performance.

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Learning Focus

  • Explore influences on collective decision-making — including team dynamics, opposing interests, and cognitive biases
  • Analyze different leadership approaches and team responses
  • Understand effective strategies for building, participating in, and leading teams more effectively
Topics Covered

  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Communication
  • Group Dynamics and Group Decision-Making
Additional Information

1 to 3 hours including introduction and debrief

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