8 Stages of leadership
Stage 0-4 studied and proven. Stage 5-8 future trends already happening
Stage 0-4 of leadership styles are studied and proven by the Swedish school of defense. These stages should be of interest to anyone aspiring to become a leader and for every company. In addition, this model should/could be used as a tool for self-reflection and self-improvement.
Stage 5-8 are leadership styles manifested by people not primarily aiming for leadership. They become leaders with followers due to tapping into something authentic within themselves, their passion. A person being authentic, and living on purpose, driven by passion, are attractive regardless of what they are passionate about, —we all love a geek. Authenticity and passion are what influence and real impact depend upon for the 21st century. However, passion changes. Make sure you learn how to find it, grow it, and evolve with it.
Most of us have been exposed to stage 0-3 leadership. These stages are the most common in our homes, among our friends, throughout elementary school and higher education, and at work. These levels are built upon patriarchal structures. A leader can be well educated, well articulated with lots of leadership experience, with the best intentions, and subconsciously lead and connect through dominance, demanding submissiveness and obedience. Patriarchal structures like gender norms and other norms run deep into our subconscious minds. The methods are shame, blame, guilt, and fear of humiliation, ignorance, rejection, or physical violence. We have underestimated its power.
Unless we free ourselves and become resilient against these methods, equality will simply evolve into allowing women to behave just like authoritarian men. Or religion will strengthen its control, hindering enlightenment and liberation for all.
How to free yourself from hindering beliefs and become more resilient?
Start by raising your self-awareness through empowering questions:
1. What stage of leadership was represented by your parents or caretakers and community as you grew up?
2. How did that influence your belief in your self-worth?
3. Were you "allowed" to experiment with your sexuality, identity, and self-expression growing up?
4. DID you experiment growing up, or why did you hold yourself back?
5. What stage represents the leadership style closest to you today, both private and professional?
6. What stage represents your self-leadership today? How are you treating yourself?
7. How can you find role models representing the life you want to live and the self-leadership style that comes with that life?
8. How to free myself from limiting believes about me and my place in this world?
9. How to strengthen my resilience against methods like shame, blame, guilt, and fear?
10. How can I live more authentic?
Let me know if I can be of service on your personal growth journey.