A Training Approach rooted into the Greco-Latin Tradition of Human Potential Research
Trevisani, Daniele (2015). Semiotics for Leaders. The Exa-Leadership Model for Leadership and Human Potential Development, Medialab Research Publishing, Ferrara. ISBN: 978-1-329-59007-6.
Leadership is a holistic spectrum that can arise from: (1) higher levels of physical power, need to display power and control others, force superiority, ability to generate fear, or group-member's need for a powerful group protector (Primal Leadership), (2) superior mental energies, superior motivational forces, perceivable in communication and behaviors, lack of fear, courage, determination (Psychoenergetic Leadership), (3) higher abilities in managing the overall picture (Macro-Leadership), (4) higher abilities in specialized tasks (Micro-Leadership), (5) higher ability in managing the execution of a task (Project Leadership), and (6) higher level of values, wisdom, and spirituality (Spiritual Leadership), where any Leader derives its Leadership from a unique mix of one or more of the former factors. (Daniele Trevisani www.danieletrevisani.com)
By using the six-levels taxonomy, it is possible to build specific Power Profiles of leaders, detect the communication signs that are used in generating leadership messages and which need to be improved.
It is also possible to define ways to improve leadership in a holistic perspective, aimed at uncovering new ways to express Human Potential and human energies at higher levels. The deep meaning of leadership and its application for reaching positive and useful purposes are explored by means of “semantic maps” that look for the connections among human energies, performance and leadership.
Professional development in Leadership is often conducted by organizations wrongly by means of PowerPoint slides, theoretical lectures, academic workshops in Business Master Courses that are attended passively and never really challenge the behavioral aspect of Leadership and make participants feel the need to work hard on themselves to become good leaders. "Training is a Holistic concept. The End-State of any training has to do with increasing the degree of applied wisdom, dependability and quality in the Human Factor component of an organization. Anything that leads towards that End-State, is training. Anything that simply adds a record in a database of knowledge and treats Humans as computers in which to upload data, hoping for any result, is not leadership training".
Also, Qualitative research on Emotions reveal the strong presence of cross-cultural difference in emotional reactions, on example, the time required for becoming "angry" due to a delay to a meeting is strongly dependent on time-perceptions, with strong cultural differences among Latin and Anglo cultures. Same cultural differences exist for positive emotions, in which some cultures connect them more to spiritual experiences, and others to interpersonal relationships and availability of material goods. In other words, different national cultures and even different organizational cultures literally shape and organize the process of emotional experiencing, generating "grids" through which emotions are expected to be interpreted.
The critical view on Personal Development and Leadership
There is no doubt that really deep and wise Leaders have done lots of work on themselves and think of Personal development as a priority. However lots of “products” can be found targeting Personal Development and leadership, but the approach to Personal Development is severely suffering from a US marketing-derived method based on ‘fast and easy cures’ sold by people that sometimes do not even have a University Degree, while Personal Development requires an intervention on at least six specific factors, all of which need to be considered as a whole (Exa-Leadership Model): (1) biological functioning and increase in bodily energies, (2) motivation, awareness and mental energies, (3) micro-skills in which any individual should make improvements, (4) macro-skills, acquiring an encyclopedic approach to Personal Development, (5) ability to organize projects connected to personal values, (6) wisdom and spiritual depth, transcendence and intangible objectives as depth of spiritual life. The European Renaissance was nothing less, and any modern Personal development intervention that does not target this holistic spectrum cannot be considered real Personal Development but mere ‘marketing patches’ that do not honor the real depth, sacredness and complexity of Personal Development.
Further Key Concepts of the book by Trevisani, Daniele (2015). Semiotics for Leaders. The Exa-Leadership Model for Leadership and Human Potential Development, Medialab Research Publishing, Ferrara. ISBN: 978-1-329-59007-6. Amazon link to the book
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