Leadership Inspirations Activities

Dueling Drawings

Picture perfect! Or is it?


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Paper and pens



Work with a partner to make a full and complete picture.



  • Break everyone in your group up into pairs.
  • Have each pair find a spot around the room to sit next to each other.
  • Give each pair a piece of paper and two pens.


  • Instruct participants that from this point forward there should be no talking.
  • Instruct everyone to think of something that they want to draw on their piece of paper. Each partner should decide on something they are going to try to draw.
  • Tell the group that the goal of this activity is to draw their picture fully and completely with their partner.
    • The participants will not know what their partner is trying to draw.
  • Make sure to tell everyone the rules. There are three rules during this activity:
    • No talking
    • You can only make one drawing motion per turn. A drawing motion is described as a line, stop, or cross.
      • For example: A participant can draw a circle or a curved line, but if at any point that curved line comes in contact with another line their turn is over. They also cannot draw a complete triangle because they must stop at a point and change directions.
    • The paper with the drawing must be passed to the other participant after each turn.
  • Set a time limit. After about 3 minutes, have all participants stop drawing.
  • Give everyone a minute or two after the activity to talk about their drawings!


  • Make larger groups of 3 or 4 to make this more challenging for participants.
  • Try the Drawing Game for a fast paced alternative


  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?


  • What are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?


  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?


Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?