Module 1: Childhood Roots
As children, in the early stages of development, we lack the requisite behaviour to discharge the build-up of emotion. We need our parents to soothe us back to a relaxed state. When parental care is absent or misapplied, we protect ourselves from being overwhelmed by blocking the emotion. This involves muscular constriction and psychological dissociation from the experience. If blocking is repeated too often or the circumstances are too intense, we develop habits of physical tensing and patterns of psychological reaction. Over time, this produces a recognisable muscular armoury with attendant repeating behaviour: a personality symbolised by our body.
Module 2: High and Low Functioning
High and low functioning is a way of describing character at its best and worst. High functioning personalities are able to deal with the complexities of life. They can operate along a spectrum of behaviour, sometimes adopting the opposite approach to their habits, when the circumstances demand. These people know who they are and are open to diverse characters. Low functioning is when the tensions are not held so well. These characters deny the messiness of reality and live in worlds that “should be so”. Where they have been over-indulged, they are prone to explosive assertions that hurt or inconvenience others unnecessarily. High and low functionality is a useful way to consider the merits and demerits of personality. It is hopeful. No one is consigned to a lifetime of limping along with inescapable character flaws. There is room for development, and in the right conditions, anyone can shine.
Module 3: Leading the Types
If leaders are flexible and adaptive in their style, they can create the conditions for excellence in a wider group of people. When all the character styles are contributing to a team’s performance, it can excel and impress a wider stakeholder base. Understanding a person’s core motivators, language, preference for human proximity, preferred environment and challenges means we can set them up for success. We can create circumstances that play to their strengths and avoid some of their weaknesses. By matching someone’s thinking style in our communication, we relax their ego defences. This allows them to engage more easily, opening them up to better conversations and more stretching challenges.
Module 4: Types of Leader
The broader diversity of leaders, the broader diversity of people that can be led. The five different character styles lead differently. Tapping in to some of our naturally adapted skills can create a style of leadership that is uniquely brilliant. Some people are designed to be Thought Leaders, others Social Leaders, Power Leaders, Behavioural Leaders and Performance Leaders. There is something in each of the character patterns that naturally exhibits brilliant leadership skills. Finding these gifts in ourselves and working on the blind spots, creates more whole and rounded leaders. It also alerts us to what could hook us and derail us from our potential.
Module 5: Development and Growth
Each person has a development arc, a shape to the evolution of their character. The bioenergetic personality patterns, provide the leader with five broad narratives that can be refined for individuals. Knowing someone’s next stage of growth can give leaders a place to stand to encourage their team members to learn. This might mean asking them to perform in less than optimal conditions or urging them into conversations that are challenging for them. If, in a deep place, individuals recognise that this is what is needed for them to become more rounded, they will take on the challenges with greater ownership and less resistance. They will do this even more so, if they can see that the leader is also on a development arc and is role modelling personal growth to the team.