Archetype concepts are intriguing to me and I believe them to be extremely powerful in creating new realities. I was first exposed to the concept of archetypes when I was a very young girl.
My father taught me that if I wanted to live the life of an extraordinary human being, it was useful to create the “archetype” of what an extraordinary human being looks like.
Then, when I was a teenager, he insisted that I create the archetype of the “ideal woman,” a blueprint if you will, of the kind of woman I could aspire to become.
There were many conversations about archetypes while I was growing up, including the archetype of the “ideal man,” designed to help me manifest a husband with “superior” qualities.
I wish I’d paid closer attention to these teachings when I was younger and put them into practice with more fervor.
Fortunately, I did eventually catch on and I’ve used the powerful tool of creating archetypes in many areas of my life, especially in creating my businesses.
Etymologically speaking, an archetype is an “original pattern from which copies are made,” and derives from the Latin noun archetypum.
The adjective form is archétupos, which means “first-molded,” a compound of archḗ, “beginning, origin,” and tupos, “pattern,” “model,” or “type.”
The word “archetype” has been written about and used by scientists, psychologists, philosophers, artists, writers and many others in different ways and with varying purposes.
This fascinates me!
Archetype as a Blueprint
The way I want to use it in this text is somewhat synonymous with the word “blueprint,” which is a design that serves as a mold, model or a template.
If you were going to build a house, you would not even attempt to do so without a blueprint.
Likewise, if we are going to design the model for entrepreneurial or corporate leadership in the 22nd Century, we need to start with a blueprint, a planned design.
I am calling this The 22nd Century Leadership ArchetypeTM.
Moments after I sat down to write this piece a knot formed in my throat.
Moving To Conscious Leadership
That is how moved I am about the concept of what conscious leadership could represent for humanity as a whole. I literally wanted to cry.
Tears actually did form at the edges of my eyes when I got present to how much work there is for us to do.
While I am inspired by the many corporations that are paving the way towards conscious leadership, as I observe our political landscape (where the solution to violence in our schools is arming teachers) and to what some companies are doing to make a profit no matter the cost to human dignity and life itself I can’t help but know in my heart that there must be a better way.
In just the last 2 decades we have made so many advances in science and technology that I do believe we are more connected than ever with what it will take for us as a “collective” to move into total homeostasis as a species…a species that thrives all the while bringing harmony, balance and serenity to all living beings sharing this beautiful planet with us.
With this in mind I am suggesting we, the community of small business leaders and entrepreneurs, come forth with an archetype for the corporate leadership we want our great grandchildren to experience.
If this is to be, we must begin to design the blueprint for it now, today.
The 22nd Century
The 22nd Century is only 82 years away. You and I will be gone. And so will our children, most likely. But our grandchildren will be here and our great grandchildren will definitely be here. What is the world we want them to inherit?
Think about this for a moment. What is the experience of our world that you want your grandchildren and great grandchildren to have?
Given that corporations pretty much run the world, doesn’t it make sense for them to be led by individuals that are highly aware and conscious?
Doesn’t it make sense for corporations to lead humanity into a world equipped to foster wellness for all human beings?
I believe wholeheartedly in the power of corporate leadership. And I am committed to playing a role in creating a world where corporations lead humanity to a higher state of consciousness, a world where we can all thrive, a world where no one is judged or discarded. What do you want?
The following is a starter list of qualities that comprise an archetype of the ideal corporate leader.
10 Examples of The 22nd Century Leadership ArchetypeTM:
1. Discerns that which is not good or right for the whole of humanity and declines to engage in that which is not.
2. Leads through example, no kidding, consistently and always.
3. Emulates compassion, forgiveness and comprehension at all levels.
4. Understands without reservation that we are all connected in every way; that without exception what we experience as an individual is experienced by all. Executes based on this principle.
5. Courageous at a level where fear of personal retribution is non-existent and steps into full authenticity with zero regard for “looking good.”
6. Complete trust in profitability through absolute integrity.
7. Generates abundance and prosperity effortlessly and in alignment with good will for all.
8. Replaces ego and personality based choices with those that arrive from an Inner Knowing that is clearly aligned with the higher purpose to serve all of humanity.
9. Understands through clair cognizance that when a conflict shows up it does so to teach or remind us of something we need to recognize about ourselves so we can shift it and transform it within.
10. Naturally sees, recognizes and deeply appreciates the inherent and profound value in all human beings regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, country of origin, or any other “label” that might mask this truth.