This unique leadership development program capitalizes on significant economic, social, and cultural circumstances senior executives are confronted with, the obsolescence of many leadership theories, and the need for new models, perspectives and approaches that take the changing global leadership landscape into account. New models of leadership recognize that prevailing two dimensional models such as autocratic and democratic, task- and people-oriented or transactional and transformational leadership are showing cracks in their infrastructure at a time when leaders of contemporary organizations are faced with uncertainty and unpredictability, often operate on the edge of chaos and recognize that change is the only constant. New models of leadership also acknowledge that effectiveness in knowledge-based, rapidly changing environments depends less on the heroic actions of a few individuals at the top and require more collaborative approaches where leadership roles, responsibilities, and practices distributed throughout the organization. The LEEP model, developed by Dr. Klenke, engages the leader’s mind (logos), emotions (eros), moral compass (ethos), and takes into account leadership dysfunctions (pathos).
LEEP is the acronym for a unique, highly creative and provocative approach to contemporary leadership.
The four components of LEEP are:
L(ogos) – this component of the LEEP model treats the leader as a rational decision-maker who utilizes his or her cognitive abilities when approaching leadership situations and problems. Logos refers to the leader’s ability to give solid reasons for actions and challenge followers intellectually. Logos concerns persuasion by invoking hard facts like figures, diagrams or proofs. However, What is interpreted as logical and rational, however, can vary with context.
E(thos) – this element of the LEEP model addresses the ethical responsibilities of leaders and represents the moral dimension of leadership. Effective leadership is morally purposeful and elevating.
Ethos is always bound up with the character of the individual, as expressed in the values that they uphold. Ethos can thus be used to generate in followers the rception of the leaders as an individual who travels the moral high road and trustworthy an serves as an exemplar of ethical leadership.
E(ros) – this element of the LEEP model concerns the relationship aspects of leader-follower interactions. Eros encourages the heart and the head to meet at the bargaining table instead of retreating into their respective ramparts. It provides the energy that moves leaders and followers forward with enthusiasm, courage, and optimism that is not intellectual or rational but comes from deep-seated feeling. This component includes emotions such as love, hope, passion, resilience, empathy and openness to experience. Eros also includes emotional complexity, emotional labor, and emotional intelligence that are involved in the work of the leader.
P(athos) – this model component accounts for the leadership failures we see in individuals, including highly effective leaders and organizations. Pathos is captured in toxic leadership, the dark side of charisma and transformational leadership as well as other forms of dysfunctional leadership. Pathos is seen in dysfunctional leader attributes such as hubris, narcissism, Machiavellianism and perfectionism.
In sum, LEEP is a model that suggests that effective leadership is intellectually challenging, morally purposeful, emotionally compelling, and free of dysfunction. The LEEP model identifies leadership processes and leaders, past and present, exemplifying cognitive, emotional and ethical competencies and develops these competencies in participants in unique historical, cultural, political and economic contexts. It is one of a kind approach to leadership development, offered only a few times a year. The focus of LEEP journeys is not to learn about leadership from books, theories or gurus, but from dialogue and conversations, reflection, contemplation, and interactions and feedback from fellow travelers. LEEP experiences are designed to enhance the intellectual, ethical emotional, social and spiritual capital of leaders participating in the program.
Locations for the LEEP programs vary ranging from the northern rain forests of Guatemala to the Greek islands, from the temples of Luxor in Egypt to the waterways of Central Europe. Each location stimulates its own set of insights based on the unique history, mythology, art, culture and contemporary socio-political conditions and leadership challenges confronting the host countries.
LEEP program are offered in two ways: (1) individual senior executives representing different organizations; organizational top management teams (TMT) representing a single organization to use this program as a means of enhancing both individual and TMT effectiveness. They are designed to:
- Leverage exceptional leadership for action
- Create high individual, team, and organizational impact
- Focus on excellence and adaptability
- Enhance optimism, hope, courage and other positive strengths
- Go to the core of moral, ethical, and authentic leadership