Global Change Seminar "It's Your Move!"
Group Exercise

Effective Characteristics

  1. Set up the flip chart and designate a recorder. Divide two sheets of the chart each into three vertical columns. On both sheets, label the left hand column "Leader", the middle one "Team Member", and the right-hand column "Productive." Title one sheet "Positive" and the other "Negative."
  2. Ask the Group to brainstorm a list of the attributes or characteristics that go into making someone an effective leader, team/community member, and productive person respectively. The recorder writes the attributes down in the appropriate column on the first page of the chart (entitled "Positive"). Try to come up with at least a dozen in each column.
  3. Now the Group brainstorms a list of the attributes or characteristics the impede individuals from being effective as leaders, team/community members, and productive people. Again, the recorder writes the attributes down in the appropriate column on the second page of the chart (entitled "Negative"). Again, try to come up with at least a dozen in each column.
  4. Now, taking the two chart pages by turn, ask the group to mark a "K" beside each attribute or characteristic that was a result of acquired knowledge; an "S" if the attribute or characteristic grew from an acquired skill; an "A" if it resulted from a particular attitude; and a "V" if it resulted from holding a particular value.
  5. Now take a few moments to discuss what emerged. What was most surprising about this exercise?

Discussion Questions