Secret leadership code revealed from an ancient manuscript by Daniel Blakeslee.
The Blakeslee Theory of Leadership or ‘The Leader Code” is best represented on a graph. Dividing the graph into three somewhat equal sections, these sections represent the three intrinsic drives or drawers as the book explains them.
The graph with the three sections is overlaid on top of a bell curve. Then the six leadership styles are added within each drawer that represent the drive that drives that particular leadership style. See below.
In each drive/drawer you will find two leadership styles. The Hammer and Screwdriver Leadership Styles are driven by Poimen. The Socket Set and the Adjustable Wrench Leadership Styles are driven by Presbuteros. The Measuring Tape and the Bubble Level Leadership Styles are driven by Episkopos.
The next part of the graph is the X- and Y-axis. The X-axis is PEOPLE and the Y-axis is STRESS. People range from unskilled to skilled, unmotivated to motivated, inflexible to flexible, out of shape to physically fit, etc. The X-axis can be changed to reflect how an organization might classify the workforce. Keep it mind, this is not set in stone. The goal is to make your work environment more effective.
This is not a hard science, like our friends in The Leader Code joked. It is important to realize, this graphical representation if far from absolute truth. It is a generalization of how this theory of leadership plays out in real life. There are no hard, fast rules for human behavior. Your subordinates may respond differently than expected to one or more leadership styles.
The Bell curve is labeled for the type of task being performed. It may range from a simple or routine task to a complex or demanding task. Note that the bell curve is relatively flat on top and extends slightly into each section. This is partly because of the flaw in the idea of a bell curve representing tasks. There will be many times in an organization that your most skilled workers will be performing your most complex tasks. This flatter design was the solution for this dilemma.
When working with unskilled workers in a low stress scenario, a leader could operate in the Screwdriver Leadership Style. With those same workers in a high stress scenario or an emergency the leader may transition to a Hammer Leadership Style. However, if your workers are highly skilled then using the Socket Set Leadership Style in high stress situation could be more appropriate and shifting to the Adjustable Wrench style in low stress situations with the same skilled people may be effective. If you have people who are moderately skilled; ideally you would use either the Bubble Level Leadership Style or Measuring Tape Leadership Style – depending on the level of stress in the situation.