The Seven Archetypes: The Magician

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The seventh and final archetype I call The Magician. Magicians seem to be very rare, but perhaps they are just hard to spot. The Magician relates to others consciously, rather than by a subconscious mental pattern. This allows such a leader to maintain simultaneous concern for both people and results. In the book “Built to Last” by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, one of the attributes of the great companies studied is what they call The Genius of the And, which is the ability to hold two seemingly conflicting ideas in mind at one time.

Collins next book, “Good to Great” calls out the first characteristic of the great companies in the study as Level 5 Leadership. Level 5 leaders are said to be both humble and driven. These kinds of leaders seem to me to have a lot in common with the Magician. The Magician’s fundamental mode of relating to others is soundness.

In my own self assessment, as I mentioned when I discussed The Knight of Swords, I determined that in most cases, I tended to unconsciously favor the use of domination and control. But, in one area, when inquiring for understanding, I discovered that my approach was fundamentally sound. I attribute this to my parents, who are both scientists, and instilled the scientific method in me from an early age.

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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