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

Character Quality Ranking

          Distribute copies of this exercise, and take a few minutes for each person, individually, to do the ranking as described below. When the group is finished, use the Talking Stick and have each person share their responses. Then spend some time discussing why each chose what they chose and what struck each one about the exercise.

  1. Consider the qualities listed below. In each column, pick what you consider to be the 6 most important qualities for someone to be a "good" person. Then, give a "1" to the one you see as the most important quality, a "2" as the next most important. etc. until you've ranked your 6 picks in each column.
  2. If there are qualities that are important but not on the lists, write them in the empty spot(s) along the bottom of each column.
  3. To do the ranking, you may have to compare each choice in the column by pairs against the others in the same column. Many may seem to be of equal weight or inter-related. Nonetheless, there is something to be learned by forcing a ranking.


    _____ trustworthy
    _____ good listener
    _____ empathetic
    _____ wise
    _____ curious
    _____ stable
    _____ strong
    _____ competitive
    _____ cooperative
    _____ persistent
    _____ flexible
    _____ focused
    _____ tolerant
    _____ firm
    _____ truthful
    _____ generous
    _____ easygoing
    _____ powerful
    _____ reliable
    _____ balanced
    _____
    _____
    _____ authoritative
    _____ gentle
    _____ enthusiastic
    _____ intelligent
    _____ healthy
    _____ honest
    _____ humble
    _____ humorous
    _____ insightful
    _____ integrated
    _____ respectful
    _____ self-confident
    _____ caring
    _____ spontaneous
    _____ compassionate
    _____ serene
    _____ purposeful
    _____ knowledgeable
    _____ self-reliant
    _____ intuitive
    _____
    _____
    _____ peaceful
    _____ tough
    _____ stoic
    _____ patient
    _____ open
    _____ mature
    _____ loving
    _____ positive
    _____ polite
    _____ forgiving
    _____ happy
    _____ disciplined
    _____ introspective
    _____ accurate
    _____ outspoken
    _____ determined
    _____ creative
    _____ courageous
    _____ responsible
    _____ fair
    _____
    _____



    Think About

    • Compare the rankings for each of the three columns. What insights does this offer?
    • Of the qualities you picked in each column, how do you rate yourself?
    • What do you think are the primary criteria that drove your internal ranking process?
    • What struck you most from doing this exercise?