Responsible for sensorial perceptions and for thinking.
Responsible for relationships and for feeling.
Responsible for drive and for our actions in the world.
Although these three systems are interdependent, and every human being thinks, feels and acts as an individual, each of us has an innate predisposition to act predominantly according to one of these systems. We observe, for example, highly creative people who have great ideas, but who find it difficult to put them into practice in their daily lives. Others seem to easily establish relationships and make decisions involving many different emotions. Some prefer practical and operational activities, who go straight away into the action, and do not like to "lose" a lot of time "thinking" before acting.
Studies conducted over more than 18 years have shown that, depending on the interaction between these three systems, we can observe five different personality styles that are most common, each of which has a specific way of learning, observing, communicating, acting and reacting to life’s experiences and challenges. It is as if each of them talks a distinct language.
To facilitate the understanding and the association between these characteristics and human types, we chose a different colour to represent each style, inspired by Goethe's [Steiner’s] research on colours. The five types are: White, Orange, Green, Blue and Brown.
COMPETENCES FOR LEADERSHIP
Although these three systems are interdependent, since every human being thinks, feels and acts individually, all have an innate predisposition to act predominantly from one of these systems.
According to these choices and the interconnection to the other systems we form 5 different human styles and leaders.
Studies have shown that of the five different types - namely White, Orange, Green, Blue and Brown - a person’s ‘essence’ is made up of two of them. One colour type is predominant and the other complementary. They act in polarity with each other. Even though these essential types of an individual can be maintained throughout life, cultural factors, life experiences and maturity influence and stimulate the development of other types.
It has been observed that, in the course of life, a third type may appear, providing support for the development of the individual. There are many people who, in time, are able to have a comfortable and productive dialogue with all types. However, the key point is to appreciate the potential and benefit of having beside you people who complement you, and demonstrate the behaviours and strengths of the types that you recognize to be more difficult for you or that you have personally developed less.
Both of your ‘essential styles’ have great innate potential, which when expressed in the appropriate context, can produce extraordinary results. At the same time, when one of the styles that forms your essence is ignored, resisted or rejected, it can lead to conflicts and stress.
Understanding and appreciating the strengths and weaknesses, the light and shadow, of the five styles is a way of expanding one's own self-awareness and discovering new ways of relating more effectively to, and interacting with, all types of individuals.
And you? How do you act in the world? Where do things flow to you? And where do they generate conflicts?
Each leadership style has innate, natural abilities. Understanding the five styles is a way of expanding one's own self-awareness and discovering new ways of relating more effectively to the most diverse types of individuals.