Samurai Game®

Unigue, Intense and Challenging What is the Samurai Game® - Who Invented it – Who owns it?


The Samurai Game® is arguably the most unique, intense and challenging leadership and teambuilding simulation available for organizational and corporate trainings & retreats, university and school leadership courses and programs, and seminar & training companies serving the general public. 

The Game was invented in 1977 by George Leonard author of numerous books including:Mastery, The Silent Pulse, The Ultimate Athlete, Walking on the Edge of the World, The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei, and The Life We Are Given (co-author Michael Murphy).  The Game was copyrighted by George Leonard and is solely owned by The Leonard Trust.


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Some of Outcomes of the Game:

Experience the dilemma of loyalty to both self and team.  Each participant must make a choice about the dilemma.

  • Experience being 100% involved in a situation with a commitment to play it out to the end.
  • Gain specific insights about how one makes choices and how the notion of accountability is personally held.
  • Experience the testing of one’s personal sense of integrity.
  • Experience being fully and unconditionally supported no matter what the participant does.
  • Experience, on the part of the team leaders, the fear, excitement, pain, and total commitment required to be completely responsible for others.
  • Experience the power of team commitment and synergy.
  • Discover what distracts one and where he or she excuses himself/herself from fully living.
  • Gain sharp new insights on habitual patterns of behavior which may be interfering with the participant’s success and fulfillment.