The Love/Power/Serenity Mental Model

Itamar Goldminz
Jan 30, 2018 · 3 min read
  1. Any model that’s trying to sum up complex human behavior using a simple framework is inherently inaccurate and incomplete. But again, it does not mean that it cannot have strong explanatory power.
  • Horney coping strategy — they coping strategy used by each type according to Horney’s theory of neurosis.
  • Making meaning through — the lens by which each type makes sense of the world around them; the perspective by which they look at the world.
  • Key need — the key need that drives each type’s behavior.
  • Key fear — the key fear that drives each type’s behavior.
  • Reaffirming group message — I came across this one trying to structure internal communications that appeal to all audiences. This is the key message that each type needs to hear in order to buy into a group decision.
  • Trust orientation — the source of interpersonal trust that each type places the most weight on.
  • Bungay/Adair executive — the Bungay/Adair executive skill set framework that I captured a while back in “Decomposing Leadership — the Executive Trinity” maps rather well onto the three types
  • Reactive tendencies — these are the “Mastering Leadership” reactive tendencies mapped to each type, presented through their gifts/strengths (rather than their weaknesses).
  • Gallup talents — the (in)famous Gallup talents or strengths were initially classified into three main themes that quite neatly into the Love/Power/Serenity types: Relating/Striving/Thinking. In later versions “striving” was split to “striving” and “impacting”.

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