One of the big dilemmas library and information management professionals face is finding ways to stretch and broaden their thinking in order to continue to develop both personally and professionally. This has a significant impact on individual and business performance and career pathways, as professionals may limit their thinking around secondments, out-of-the-ordinary roles and exchanges and strategic partnerships. As professionals deepen their knowledge of a particular content area, they can fall into the trap of allowing their thinking to become habituated and boxed in. Habituated patterns of thinking can lock us into particular perspectives around our own and other people’s performance and potential. These perspectives determine our behaviours and our way of being and doing in the world, which are repeated and reinforced over time. The question is, are these ways that we have learnt really effective? And are they going to enable us to solve the dilemmas we face in our industry, role and organisation as everything continues to evolve?
To be truly powerful, professionals need to be able to access alternative ways of being and doing, particularly in terms of leadership, career development, influencing others, taking risks and finding alternatives. Archetypal leadership, which draws on Jungian psychology, personality theory, team management research and mythology provides an alternative way for professionals to think about their thinking, feelings and behaviours. Once professionals understand the archetypal states which are available to them, they have the ability to choose new and powerful thoughts, feelings and actions.
This 45-minute workshop provided an overview of Archetypal Leadership, through a story-telling approach, supported by models of the archetypes in their positive and shadow forms. Participants then spent time reflecting on their current leadership dilemma. The workshop concluded with an active imagination process that enabled them to think about their dilemma in different ways and access different types of answers and resources.