While most people have the ability to express each of the five primary Archetypal Blueprint™ types and have a unique way of expressing their energy, it is helpful to understand the primary Archetypal Blueprint™ types of the people whom you encounter in typical organizations.
Each Archetypal Blueprint™ type has both a gift and a challenge associated with it. When you are in balance with your Archetypal Blueprint™ type, you can effortlessly access all the strengths and gifts of that energy. On the other hand, when your energy is out of balance, the challenges of your Archetypal Blueprint™ type detract from your power and negatively impact your thinking, communication, and performance.
Here are the Archetypal Blueprint™ types:
1. The Genius
This leader possesses incredible intellectual, intuitive, and creative ability. They had deep feelings and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the organization. When they're in balance, there's a sort of inspired manifestation that can happen, an inspired result. They can take things that look a little ethereal and make them very grounded and practical. When they're out of balance, these leaders can seem spacey, disconnected, and a bit out of touch with reality.
2. The Sweetheart
These leaders have a deep understanding and compassion for others. Often viewed as the emotional glue of the team, this person is often noted for their sweetness. When he or she is out of balance, this person can be high maintenance and draining because of a sense of neediness. This leader can be the cheerleader of the group who makes everybody fired up and feel great about what they're doing, or be the one wreaking havoc by gossiping at the water cooler.
3. The Guardian
These leaders are big-hearted, generous people. They're strong. They're sensitive. They're nurturing. They're great at developing people’s skills and paying attention to everyone from the CEO to the mailroom clerk. They're also really good at sales. The downside of this group is a tendency to be overly responsible and not understand work boundaries. They can micromanage or disempower other people by over-caring for them. They can get excessively concerned about things. Guardians may burn out because they don't take care of their own needs as much as they're trying to take care of the needs of others.
4. The Warrior
These natural leaders are courageous and insightful, with a big-picture focus. They can be very charismatic and enrolling, a little altruistic. However, when they're out of balance, Warriors are control freaks. Trusting other people is a challenge for them. They tend to be overly responsible and may feel like all the weight is on their shoulders, literally. Warriors can be difficult to know because they do not want to be vulnerable. They're very autonomous and independent, and that could become a fault in a team setting.
5. The Royal
These leaders have an exquisite ability to create beauty, as they like things symmetrical and in order. They're very capable and responsible. They can be very passionate in a sort of exquisitely tender way. Royals often live in the suburbs that all have the same rules. Everyone there cares how their lawns look, they drive similar luxury cars, they dress in an upscale style. Royals organize the business and care about both detail and appearances. The imbalance with a Royal is that they can spend a tremendous amount of energy trying to make everything look right and demand perfection both personally and from their teams. You're never quite good enough for a Royal. They don't really like mistakes, and they don't like it when things are in disarray. They dislike chaos. They don't like sudden change. They don't adapt, so the creative process makes them crazy.
Think back over your career. Do you know someone who personifies the characteristics of each of these Archetypal Blueprint™ type? Which signature sounds the most like you? Give us your thoughts about how your Archetypal Blueprint™ types affects your performance in the workplace!