Archetypes & YOU
There is an under-ground swell occurring in
leadership around the term Sage Leadership. I'm not
going to spend too much time writing about this
today, as I intend on authoring a white-paper on the
topic. I did want to try to spur your thinking a
Take this idea from Carl Jung on Archetypes by
"Archetypes are psychological structures reflected
in symbols, images, and themes common to all culture
and all times. You see them in recurring images in
art, literature, myths, and dreams. You may
experience archetypes directly as different parts of
you. If you say on one hand that you want one thing
and on the other you want something else, you can
give archetypal names to those parts, as they
generally communicate desires and motivations common
to humans everywhere. Although the potential
characters within us are universal, each of us
expresses them differently, endowing them with
somewhat different styles, traits, and mannerisms.
For example, while the Warrior is an archetype,
different kinds of warriors engage in different
battles. The Warrior archetype ecompasses the
Japanese Samurai and the American G.I., but it also
might include the HIV researcher, the advocate for
social justice, or the member of a street gang. Each
of them are all warriors. The expression of an
archetype will be influenced by a person's culture,
setting, and time in history, but it also will be a
manifestation of his or her individuality.
As aspects of ourselves, archetypes may reveal our
most important desires and goals. Understanding
their expression in our life myths or stories help
us gain access to unrealized potential, grasp the
logic and importance of our lives, and increase our
empathy for the stories that others live."
The Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator™
identifies the following Archetypes:
Innocent, Orphan, Caregiver, Warrior,
which help you, others and the species to survive.
Seeker, Lover, Destroyer, Creator, which
help you and others find yourselves, and express
Ruler, Magician, Sage, and Jester,
which help you and others live authentically, making
a positive contribution to the world while also
experiencing personal fulfillment.
The reason I decided to "begin" my discussion of
Sage Leadership here is that to me, we have be
distinct enough about what we are talking about that
we find ways to define terms we use.
Main Entry: 1sage
Inflected Form(s): sag·er; sag·est
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from
(assumed) Vulgar Latin sapius, from Latin
sapere to taste, have good taste, be wise; akin
to Oscan sipus knowing, Old Saxon ansebbian
1 a : wise through reflection and
experience b archaic :
2 : proceeding from or characterized
by wisdom, prudence, and good judgment <sage
- sage·ly adverb
- sage·ness noun
Main Entry: 2sage
1 : one (as a profound philosopher)
distinguished for wisdom
2 : a mature or venerable man of sound
In each of these definitions, there are a myriad of
ideas about how "sage" might be applied to
And this is as good a place as any to start in my
Defining Sage Leadership.
But! That's for another time.
After all, these musings on leadership must be
Ok, here's my theory for in a nutshell, more later.
"Top 10 Points To
Consider About Sage Leadership"
|1. Sage is an Archetypical Metaphor. (see attributes
|2. The Sage Archetype occurs in people and in
|3. Certain people are pre-disposed to the Sage
|4. Certain systems are pre-disposed to the Sage
|5. Sage Archetypes are particular operational
|6. The evidence of "Sage Archetype" can be measured.
|7. Sages are necessary but not sufficient for
|8. Ecologies can be designed to promote sageness.
|9. Leaders can become sage-like, but sageness is
|10. Organizations can create the principles of
Ok, that ought to get you thinking, we'll see how
soon I'm drawn back into this discussion. Psst:
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