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The Leadership Spectrum: II. Blended Perspectives and Practices

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The Golden Yellow member of an organization (or society) might agree that social reform is a good thing; however, “can’t we take it a bit slower and buttress this reform with some evidence of the injustice that has actually been done?” The important, existential threat for someone with a Royal Purple orientation is being judged as someone who is trivial, unimportant or unoriginal [enneagram 4] To be ignored or taken lightly is the ultimate curse for someone deeply involved in the work of reform in an organization or society: “rather you fight against me then not even notice that I exist.”

Fantastical Perspectives on Blended Perspectives and Practices

In the previous essay, I brought in three of the principal characters that were featured in each of two fanciful narrative of the past century—these were The Wizard of Oz and Star Trek. The three characters in the Wizard of Oz represented the three primary perspectives and practices of this essay: the Scarecrow (Golden Yellow), the Tin Man (Azure Blue) and the Cowardly Lion (Ruby Red). The same three perspectives and practices were represented in the three principal characters in Star Trek: Captain Kirk (Ruby Red), Doctor McCoy (Azure Blue) and Mr. Spock (Golden Yellow). What I purposefully failed to do was to introduce the other major characters in both narratives. These are the ones that represented blended orientations and were key to keeping everything working in their world of Fantasy.

Wizard of Oz

How appropriate it is to refer to the Wizard of Oz when writing about the Rainbow orientation—given that Oz resides somewhere over the rainbow. The two major characters not mentioned in the first essay were the principal protagonist, Dorothy, and her companion, Toto (the dog). Dorothy was inevitably aligning with one or another of the three perspectives and practices during her journey to Oz-at times being smart, at times compassionate and at times quite brave. And Toto was always at her side and playing a central role in unmasking both the Lion’s fake ferocity and the Wizard’s fake power,, as well as leading Dorothy’s three companions to the castle where the Wicked Witch was keeping her captive and threatening her life.

All of this intermingling of the three primary colors and various combinations of two colors (such as the Purple demand for justice when meeting with the Wizard) was on behalf of Dorothy’s immediate goal: returning to her home. The scarecrow might have gotten his diploma, the Tin Man his heart shaped watch and the Lion his medal—but the real winner was Dorothy. And she had the others (including Toto) to thank for the successful journey and the ultimate goal—which was the fuller appreciation of those who loved her (and she loved in return).

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