The Psychology Of Leadership

The Inspirational Leader, one who can instill passion and direction to a group requires an understanding of how the psychology of a group affects its individual members.

In numerous Group Dynamic Disciplines such as Directive Communication and theories like The ripple effect by Sigal Barsade, leadership is a product of awareness and command of the reactions and effects of a group on the individual.

Leadership is NOT about changing the mindset of the group but in the cultivation of an environment that brings out the best (inspires) the individuals in that group … Each individual has different environments that bring out different facets from their own Identity, and each Facet is driven by emotionally charged perceptions within each environment …

To lead, one must create a platform through education and awareness where individuals fill each others needs. This is accomplished by knowing Why people may react favorably to a situation in environment A, but get frustrated or disillusioned in environment B.

When a leader changes their actions in accordance with their awareness of what those actions really mean, they affect the emotional and perceptive affects on a group. By taking control of the "standard" reactions to the actions of the group, a leader can in effect change the psychology of the group and change the culture of the organization.


1. Master Your Rules of Engagement

  • In War, "Rules of Engagement" are what you do when you engage the enemy.
  • The enemy in this case is an experience of when your surroundings do not match your perception of 'what should be'.
  • Psychological "Rules of Engagement" exist as reaction responses to these surroundings and the experiences.
  • 2. Increase Your Circle of Tolerance

  • This is the measure of your ability to deal with things "intelligently" and without reaction. The more rules you have about the way things should be, the smaller your Circle of Tolerance.
  • If you have a large Circle of Tolerance, you can deal with more situations intelligently and make better decisions.
  • Things that happen outside of your Circle of Tolerance typically trigger your Rules of Engagement.
  • 3. Remove Your Colored glasses

  • There are 4 primary "Brain Processors" that interpret the world in very different ways. A "Colored Brain" perception is like looking though colored glasses. A leader who can remove his colored glasses, can see past his own perceptions and bring out the best in others who process differently.
  • To discover what colored glasses you are wearing with the Colored Brain Communication Inventory (CBCI).
  • 4. Stop Need Sucking

  • When we are in charge of others (and sometimes when not), we unconsciously make decisions that leave others asking our motives or are left unfulfilled in their jobs or tasks. This is because each person has specific emotional needs and gratitude that doing or completing a task provides. When someone takes those gratifications away (even accidentally) this is "Need Sucking".
  • To stop Need Sucking, leaders must take care not to take too much of the following emotional needs from a group:
    1. I. Control or security (the less control one has, the less secure)
      Ii. Recognition or significance
      Iii. Diversity in tasks or job
      Iv. Sense of completion or achievement (let people finish)
  • The more of these emotional gratifications a leader takes for themselves, the less there is for everyone else, translating to less fulfillment.
  • 5. Command your Leadership Postures

  • Postures are the connection between Body and Mind that influence our moods. We are constantly using Postures without realizing it and they are affecting our emotions, our focus, and the type of influence we have over others.
  • Controlling your primary postures: Warrior, Child, Lover, and Emperor, will allow you to command the suitable energy to affect others on an emotional level with greater effectiveness.
  • Identifying postures on others will give you greater power to influence and inspire the best in them.
  • 6. Map your world

  • Each workplace has defined areas that create your "Work Process" these could be for example: Meetings, Working Alone, Working in Teams, Directing others or being Directed, Social Elements of Work.
  • By defining our motivations, frustrations, processes, and the importance we assign to each, we can clearly define our expectation and determine, by comparison to others, if they are realistic.
  • When our "world of work" is mapped, it becomes easier to navigate through the emotional turbulence of leadership to smoother sailing and greater effectiveness as an inspiring leader who is prepared for anything.
  • 7. Align your Values ​​to the Environment you would Create

  • As an individual, you have specific values, these values ​​are reflected in your leadership.
  • Do you know what these values ​​are? Are there any differences between your personal values ​​and your leadership values ​​?.
  • As a leader, your success will come from cultivating an environment conducive to your vision, and to inspire that environment to enthusiastically participate in that vision. To achieve this, your values ​​as a leader MUST reflect the values ​​of that the environment that will create the vision
  • The values ​​aligned with the vision alone is NOT enough; Identify what the diverse people in your organization need to "FEEL" for inspiration to take place?
  • What values ​​do you need to change to make those feelings happen?
  • 8. Cultivate your Leadership Identity

  • Leaders are the greatest influence to an organization corporate culture. Leaders may not be aware of the psychology of why their "Leadership Identity" may often be an obstacle to an inspired and effective organization.
  • The realizations and awareness gained through the first 7 Assents will influence decisions that affect culture. They are the essence that determines our ability to consciously decide and "Act" intelligently instead of "React" to our environment. A leader must act and create.
  • To cultivate YOUR Leadership Identity. Reflect of the first 7 Assents and write a definition of Who You Need to Be as a Leader! Then live by this Leadership Identity and ascend to the level of Transformation.
  • Directive Communication Intl. Offers a free "Foundations" Mini-course for more in-depth information about the 8 Assents.

    Only when a leader has mastered these assents, can he shape the 5 Pillars of Transformation


    The poles are the foundations that convert a team to a organization transforming powerhouse. When a leader becomes aware of Directive Communication Psychology and how it applies to the formation of transformational teams, it becomes apparent in the perception of that leader and becomes apprehensive in the teams results.

    The more people around you that become aware of Directive Communication psychology and how to use it, the more success you will have in achieving your objectives.

    Share this article with others in your different environments, teach them what you have learned. With a greater awareness of the Directive Communication methodology, you can cultivate environments that cause you and others to be more effective and fulfilled in your work and life.

    Here are the 5 foundations to make this happen:

  • Have a Methodology for Change.

  • Have a Greater Purpose.

  • Speak a Common Language.

  • Create a Supportive Environment.

  • Have a Unified Identity.
  • You must have a Methodology you believe can make a Change

    This article has given you some foundations in the Directive Communication Methodology that influences individuals and groups in a powerful enough way to change organizational culture. If you have applied some of what you have learned earlier, if you have become more aware and have increased your circle of Tolerance, then this works for you.

    Having a greater purpose

    Find a something larger than the group, something that is even bigger than the organization. A reason the group is greater than just the people in it, a purpose that is greater or nobler that the personal goals of each individual.

    You must speak a common language

    Because of the specific nature of Directive Communication methodology it carries with it a specific language to be able to understand and explain awareness, change, and a higher level of living in a concise and effective way.

    You must maintain internal supportive environment

    As an elite group that shares and uses this psychology, you can excel far greater than as an individual. Supporting one another is essential for ultimate success.

    You must have a unified identity

    While each individual has his / her own identity, the collective group must have a common goal and that, a common identity in line with that goal. This can be as simple as "The Efficiency Group" …

    Each pillar represents an essential characteristic of groups capable of bringing out the best in each other.

    You have learned the foundations to Ascend and Transform as a Leader.

    Now the next step is up to you!

    Source by Arthur F Carmazzi

    Fahad Hameed

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