Let’s Draw a House

Teaching Staff

20 Mins (2 minutes to set up; 3 minutes for the activity; 15 minutes for debriefing)

  • To experience leader and follower patterns
  • To demonstrate relational and task-oriented perspectives
  • To discuss personal and cultural influences on behavior

Group discussions and reflections

Interactive Group Work, Reflective Discussion

  • Understanding of leadership and followership patterns
    Develop skills to adapt to different roles within a group, balance relationship and task dynamics
  • Reflect on how their cultural backgrounds and experiences shape their interactions and decisions.

Let’s Draw a House


Blank paper, a pen or pencil for each pair


– Ask participants to find a partner. Explain that this activity works best if their partners are people they don’t know. Give each pair one sheet of paper and one pencil.

– Inform participants that, without talking, each two-person team is to cooperatively draw a house. Both people on each team must hold the pencil during the entire activity. After two or three minutes, ask the teams to stop. They can show their house to those near them or hold them up for the group to see.

There are usually three types of houses that are drawn:

  1. “Primary school” houses, where either both people visualized the

house in the same way or one person drew and the other was a


  1. Houses that look like two houses, where one person started to feel

guilty about taking control and let the other person complete the


  1. Drawings that don’t resemble houses at all but rather aimlessly

wandering lines, where each person tried to help the other; either no

one took control or both people were competing and neither would

give up control

– Encourage different teams to share what the experience was like for them.

– Explore the individualism/group and hierarchy/equity value orientations.

Debriefing Questions

  1. What values might influence the different experiences?
  2. What differences in task and relationship orientations did you


  1. How might the spirit of cooperation or competition affect


  1. How might misunderstandings arise between those having the

individualist and group orientations? Between the hierarchy and equity


  1. How might this apply to real-life situations?
  2. How might culture influence behavior (visualization of “house,”

task/relationship orientation, etc.)?

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