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Leaders as Archetypal Figures: Which Type are You?

Leaders as Archetypal Figures

At Integral Development, our work is based on Integral Theory, which is Ken Wilber’s “Theory of Everything” and encompasses more than 6,000 years of human interdisciplinary thought. Archetypes were identified by two of history’s most influential thinkers: Greek philosopher Plato and Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung.

Plato saw archetypes as ideas that were imprinted into the soul before it enters this world, while Jung saw them as innate ideas or “primordial images.” Whether or not one “buys into” the idea of archetypes as espoused by either man, several patterns of human behaviour have been classified as archetypes by modern psychologists.

Here are eight archetypes of leadership.

The Strategist

The strategist sees leadership as a game of chess. They are good at anticipating and managing developments within an organisation. They often help organisations stay “ahead of the curve” with “outside the box” thinking, leading to dynamic growth.

The Change-Catalyst

This archetype is an expert at the “turnaround.” They can walk into a disheveled organisation and create order out of chaos.

The Transactor

The transactor is an expert at deal-making and negotiation. They see leadership as a series of deals and are masters at fostering growth through agreement.

The Builder

Builders specialise in making companies grow. They visualise a bigger dream and then work to make it happen.

The Innovator

Innovators are the great problem solvers of the world. They find new, creative ways to solve old problems.

The Processor

Processors are the efficiency experts of organisations. They are experts in making everything run smoothly. They create frameworks and then troubleshoot until the organisation runs perfectly.

The Coach

The coach is an expert at human development. They know how to get the best out of every individual, creating a culture of high performance and making the team stronger.

The Communicator

Communicators are like stage managers—they exert great influence on people and surroundings.

Integrating the Whole

Our Integral Leadership Program helps individuals realise their full potential. We encourage expression of individuality, which often results in the emergence of these archetypes.

There is a leadership role for every archetype within most organisations; identifying them can help place everyone in a role that best suits their personalities.

Call 1300 176 789 to learn more.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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