Natural Leadership Archetypes are a metaphor to help us access our power – power as I define it, which is being in harmony with our natural gifts. Inspired by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Natural Leadership Archetypes help us touch what is unique about us – the gift that we were given by simply being born. There are 16 Natural Leadership Archetypes. If the exploration of these archetypes, as well as how to use them in the world, intrigues you, come to the Women’s Power Circle, May 5-7, 2017.
THE WILLOW TREE
Archetypes are “a way of organizing human experience that gives it collective meaning“. Each Tree Archetype encompasses the Hero Archetype, in this case how people like to “heroically” solve a problem. The other archetype is The Caregiver Archetype, and can be thought of as how you like to support or help others. Owning these archetypes, without forcing them on others, is how to use one’s authentic power. Pushing them onto others, or disowning them, comes from power as a dominating construct and the danger is that it could make you either a tyrant or a victim. Overlay these archetypes on your interests and passions, and what emerges should clarify and/or strengthen how you want to show up and contribute in this world.
The Dreamers (The Willow Tree) teach us how to create a world that is humane. They dive deep into their inner world and dream of how to create life that is compassionate and kind for everyone. When operating from their hero archetype, they are gentle, easy-going people, easily able to support others by offering alternative possibilities. Their special gift as leaders is imagining a world based on compassion.
The Willow Tree (Salix nigra) is native to eastern North America, where it is the largest species of willow. Willow trees typically prefer to grow near the water, which represents the emotions and the deep dive into the inner world that The Dreamers do naturally. The Willow Tree is also a healer, as it is well-known that aspirin is made from its bark. So, too, are The Dreamers healers in how they imagine a world that is kinder and gentler for all who live in it. Native willows support over 456 species of Lepidoptera, including some beautiful ones such as commas, vicertoys, and red-spotted purples. Although it is seen as a graceful, gentle tree, don’t be fooled – like The Dreamers they are supple, tough, and can be prolific growers, often taking root from a single branch that has fallen into some marshy bog and thereby transforming the edge of chaos into incredible beauty. For more about this tree read: Bringing Nature Home: How You Can sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy.
For more information on how Dreamers use their Hero Archetype and their Caregiver Archetype, join myself and Leah Kyaio at the Women’s Power Circle, May 5-7, 2017 at Hope Springs Institute.