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ADM 612 - Leadership. Lecture 12 – Psychodynamic Approach. Introduction. Features bits and pieces drawn from several scholars and practitioners. Several fundamental propositions. Leaders are more effective when they understand their own psychological makeup.

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adm 612 leadership

ADM 612 - Leadership

Lecture 12 – Psychodynamic Approach

  • Features bits and pieces drawn from several scholars and practitioners.
  • Several fundamental propositions.
    • Leaders are more effective when they understand their own psychological makeup.
    • Leaders are more effective when they understand the psychological makeup of their supporters.
  • To summarize, the psychodynamic approach places emphasis on leaders’ obtaining insight into their personality characteristics and understanding the responses of subordinates, based on their personalities.
  • Secondarily, leaders should encourage group members to gain insight into their personalities so that they can understand their reactions to the leader and to each other.
  • Insight begins with an examination of the roots of the individual in the family.
  • Parents become our leaders for a few years. They create deep-seated feelings about leadership.
    • Paternalistic.
    • Maternalistic.
    • Familial.
  • Some people respond to authority figures, some rebel.
  • Key to effective leadership is understanding one’s own personality and the personalities of followers.
  • Psychodynamic approach draws on Sigmund Freud and Karl Jung.
concepts of psychodynamic approach
Concepts of Psychodynamic Approach
  • Family of origin.
    • Role of parent to socialize child into society.
    • Child begins life as very self-centered. Parent must meet needs of child
    • Complete mutual interdependence.
    • Leadership: paternalistic or maternalistic management – complete interdependence.
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Concepts of Psychodynamic Approach
  • Maturation or individuation.
    • As time goes on, child becomes more independent of parent.
    • However, properly socialized child carries “parent within” – conscience.
    • Two key issues:
      • Responses to authoritarian leaders: dependent on authoritarian or laissez-faire parents. Reactions not rational.
      • Intimacy and openness: from kindness to distance based on parental upbringing. All adults tend to one or the other.
    • As leaders and followers, people range from authoritarian to permissive and from nurturing to critical and everything in between.
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Concepts of Psychodynamic Approach
  • Dependence and Independence.
    • Leader’s style reflects parental upbringing. May adopt style of parent (authoritarian or permissive) or adopt the opposite.
    • Follower may react to a leader dependently, counterdependently, or independently.
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Concepts of Psychodynamic Approach
  • Repression and the shadow self.
    • Deep psychology. Children schooled not to lash out in anger. Socialization produces repression. Repression causes anger to come out in other forms in leadership situations.
    • Jung: concept of the shadow. Shadow self that engages in behavior that she has been trained is unacceptable. Leads to denial and an incomplete understanding of her personality.
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Concepts of Psychodynamic Approach
  • Archetypes.
    • A strong pattern in the human psyche that persists over time. A template of human behavior and belief.
    • Six archetypes.
      • Innocent – exists before journey.
      • Orphan – moves out of comfort zone.
      • Martyr – devotes time and energy to the welfare of others.
      • Wanderer – independent or counterdependent.
      • Warrior – goes out into battle.
      • Magician – adaptability.
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Concepts of Psychodynamic Approach
  • Two archetypes relevant to leadership: warrior and magician
concepts of the psychodynamic approach
Concepts of the Psychodynamic Approach
  • Relational Analysis.
    • Three ego states: parent, adult, child. All adults have all three. Some are more dominant than others.
    • Parent ego state: critical (judgmental, fault-finding, strict) versus nurturing (kind, gentle, loving).
    • Child ego state: playful (dependent) versus rebellious (counterdependent).
    • Adult ego state: ability to do reality testing, trial and error. Integrates parent and child egos. Uses those most appropriate to the situation.
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Concepts of the Psychodynamic Approach
  • Relational analysis.
    • Transactional analysis: behavior of the leader or subordinate will draw out (cathect) a countering response (dependent or counterdependent) from the other side.
    • A good leader attempts to bring out adult ego states in subordinates.
how does the psychodynamic approach work
How Does the Psychodynamic Approach Work?
  • Psychodynamic theory designed to produce change in the client.
  • All psychodynamic trainers assume that insight into the psychological past of the individual will bring about changes in feelings, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • Analysis of relationship between leader and follower.
  • Universality of the approach.
  • Emphasizes insight on the part of the leader.
  • Discourages manipulative techniques of leadership.
  • Much of the early research based on clinical examination of limited populations.
  • Subjective nature of findings.
  • Based on case study reports for individual practitioners.
  • Cultural biases of practitioners.
  • Ignores organizational factors.
  • Does not lend itself to training.
  • Focuses on relationship of leader to subordinate. General context of human relationships.
  • Clinical background; personal growth of leaders.
  • Build awareness of patterns of emotional response.
  • Experiential training sessions.
  • Use testing of dimensions of personality to uncover unconscious interactions.