As I learn more about the tectonic influence of archetypes on our daily lives, my thoughts have broadened to include a look at another ancient concept, leadership. In doing so, I know I’m entering into a field almost overcrowded with viewpoints, perspectives and models, and yet despite the volumes written on the topic, I do feel there is something missing. Put simply, our thinking about leadership lags behind the world we now live in.
To say that massive changes in our world have implications for the workplace seems so self-evident that even mentioning it might sound like a blinding flash of the obvious (a BFO for those of you wanting to use that term yourselves).
Neuroscience research, social media, globalization, sustainability, heightened expectations, access to information via rapidly evolving technology: these and other “game-changing” developments are collectively transforming how humans find meaning and engagement with each other and in the workplace.
Organizations that rely on old school hierarchical models of leadership – and the corresponding metaphors – are finding themselves increasingly out of step with people both inside and outside of the system. Leadership is no longer seen as the work of a few at the top of the pyramid, but rather as a disposition and skill set everyone in the organization can learn and apply in their own way. To put in archetypal terms, a few heroes leading the charge no longer cuts it in today’s multi-faceted, rapidly changing, pluralistic world.
So, with that as the context, I’ve been mulling over the concept of “balanced” leadership.  Not replacing one model with another, but integrating the best of two worlds in a way that fosters healthy, dynamic, joyful and effective organizations. That’s the starting point for me to start elaborating on the concept as I delve deeper into the power and potential of archetypal energies to transform our lives.