Leadership Inspirations Activities

2 Question Activity

Learn about yourself and others by answering two easy questions

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

Pens, Paper Or Index Cards

 

SUMMARY

In this activity, participants answer two fun, silly questions and get the chance to learn something about themselves and others. The purpose of this activity is for groups to break the ice and get to know each other better.

 

SET UP

  • Pass out paper and pens

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have participants quickly write down their favorite animal and three words to describe it.
  • Then, have them write down their favorite color and three words to describe it.
  • Tell participants that their answers to these two questions can reveal a lot about them:
    • The animal and descriptive words they have written show how they view themselves.
    • The color and descriptive words they have written show how they think others perceive them.
  • Discuss the results in pairs or small/large groups
  • Facilitator Note: Remind participants that this is meant to be a fun activity and to not take their results too seriously!

VARIATIONS

  • Four Question Activity
    • This is a higher risk version of the 2 Questions Activity as it requires more trust between group members to discuss some of the topics. Use this variation with your group only if they have already completed some lower risk getting to know you activities.
  • Have participants write down their favorite animal and three words to describe it.
  • Then, their favorite color and three words to describe it.
  • Then, their favorite body of water and three words to describe it.
  • Finally, tell them to imagine that they are in an unfamiliar room and the lights go out suddenly. What are three words to describe how they feel?
  • Tell participants that their answers to these four questions can reveal a lot about them:
    • The animal is how they view themselves.
    • The color is how they think others perceive them.
    • The water is how they view relationships.
    • The dark room is how they view death.
  • Discuss the results in pairs or small/large group.

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?

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?

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?
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?