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Leadership Wheel

The Leadership Wheel, developed by Clint Sidle, is one of our favorite modules to work with. 

Introduction by Clint Sidle

"The shape of the circle has been an important symbol of unity and wholeness for cultures throughout the world from almost the beginning of time. The mandala, or medicine wheel, the most sacred form of the unifying circle, has long been a universal image of the cosmos and the nature of existence.

Circle with four quadrants labelled "warrior, visionary, teacher, nurturer"

"The wheel generally consists of five primary energies or aspects of existence placed in the four cardinal directions of the compass with one in the center. Carl Jung studied versions of the wheel in Asian, African and Native American cultures. He considered it a human archetype, a pattern occurring across cultures and representing the cosmos as well as the self.
"The ancient belief is that an individual is born with a preference for a single archetype and so enters the world imperfect, with little wisdom or understanding of the others. However, since the purpose of life is to venture beyond habitual preferences, to learn and grow toward wholeness, the heroic person is to make an effort to access the unique and complementary wisdom in each of the four directions."

Team Assessment

Through an interactive assessment, participants will learn where their "home" area is and how to develop their skills to balance and grow personally and within their team. Our facilitators typically lead participants through exercises and activities that encourage them to reflect on their innate skills and how their behaviors affect others. 

One of the unique qualities of the Leadership Wheel is the focus on turning the wheel to expand and bring in more skills.