Leadership Inspirations Activities

Pig Personality

Participants draw a pig that reveals information about their personality

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

Paper, Pens, Markers

 

SUMMARY

The way that participants draw a pig reveals a little bit about their personality. This activity can be used for participants to analyze themselves and examine their personalities.

 

SET UP

  • Gather enough paper and pens for all of your participants.
  • Facilitator Note: This activity is not founded in any research based personality theory but is a fun way to introduce personality exploration.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell participants to draw a pig on a piece of paper (without looking at each other’s).
  • After participants finish drawing their pigs, tell them that the pigs reveal information about their personalities.
  • If the pig is:
    • Drawn toward the top of the paper, you are a positive and optimistic person.
    • Drawn toward the middle of the paper, you’re are a realist.
    • Drawn toward the bottom of the paper, you are pessimistic and have a tendency to behave negatively.
  • If the pig is:
    • Facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates and birthdays.
    • Facing forward (toward you), you are direct, enjoy playing devil’s advocate, and neither fear nor avoid discussion.
    • Facing right, you are innovative and active, but have neither a sense of family, nor remember dates.
  • If the pig is:
    • Drawn with many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful.
    • Drawn with few details, you are emotional, naïve, care little for detail, and take risks.
  • If the pig is:
    • Drawn with four legs showing, you are secure, stubborn, and stick to your ideals.
    • Drawn with less than four legs showing, you are insecure, or are living through a period of major change.
  • And:
    • The larger the pig’s ears you have drawn, the better listener you are.
    • Last but not least… the longer the pig’s tail you have drawn, the more satisfied you are with the quality of your love life.

VARIATIONS

  • You can also pick a different animal to draw (e.g. cat, dog, etc.).

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • 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?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

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?