In this activity we use Trait
Cards which are prepared
beforehand by the facilitator.
The trait cards include traits
strong, presentable, active, m
ature, has two sisters, etc.).
This activity takes up
significant amount of time to
explore traits of all participants
as the foundation of
leadership, to cultivate and
develop the traits that make
everyone even stronger.
After welcoming the participants to the training, the trainer recites the directions to
“Welcome to ‘Trade the Trait’ session. You will be required to trade cards that will
be passed on to you. The traits written on the cards must represent you. Rules are
1. Write your name on the card when you receive it.
2. Trade your card with the fellow trainee. If the new card represents you as
well, write you name on its back too.
3. Keep trading. The aim is to end up with a trait that exhibits a trait in you and to
have written your name on more slips than the rest.
4. Stop when I say ‘Stop’.
5. Stop trading before I say, ‘Stop’.”
The Facilitator passes around the cards once the directions have been read out. The
trait on the card must represent the trainee’s trait. Once the cards are shuffled and
passed on, the activity should be started.
After the closing, the Facilitator should ask all participants to lay the trait cards on
the table, with the side containing participants’ names on top. The Facilitator should
ask participants to take turns to say names and then raise hands if their name
appears on the list.
To get to know of each other’s
traits and realizing the traits
that the participants
themselves have and to work
on them even more for better
and effective results