Lisa Sanden is a student in the Wright Graduate University doctorate program doing her doctoral research on the Montessori family. As part of her doctoral work, she creates curriculum for the emotional intelligence classes that our advanced non-credit students take to improve their leadership skills. Below is one of her recent lessons about personal development and the Wright Developmental Model:
Week 4: Map Your Developmental Level
In the past few weeks, you have been learning about and practicing with the existential principles of aliveness, play, and intention in relation to your leadership skills. You experimented with being more alive, engaging fully with others, and asserting yourself to fulfill your desires as part of your personal development. This week, you’ll be mapping your developmental level throughout the day and using the Wright Developmental Model to help guide you towards the choices that serve you best.
What’s a developmental model?
Other popular developmental models, like Erik Erikson’s1, are static—most are simply “a conceptual framework devised to be used as a guide in making a diagnosis, understanding a developmental process, and forming a prognosis for continued development.”2 Usually
How the Wright Developmental Model is different
The Wright Developmental Model is more than a map of seeing where you are.In each moment of your day it can be used as a guide to completing unfinished business, and to living each moment fully, responsibly, and with great satisfaction. The Wright Developmental Model is intended to be both a map and a compass, helping give you greater direction in the areas of your life where you are stuck or uncertain, and toward improving your leadership skills both personally and professionally.
Improve your leadership skills
There are several aspects of the Wright Developmental Model that will help you with this week’s assignment and your personal development in developing your leadership skills. First are the existential principles of aliveness, play, and intention that you’ve been working with in class. You can use these principles each moment to change the quality of your day, week, or year. Increasing your level of aliveness, for example, energizes your activities and wakes you up from sleepwalking through your days. Engaging through play, which is aliveness in relationship, increases rapport and puts you in touch with yourself and others in a deeply meaningful way. Intention—aliveness in a direction—can be used to drive towards new, more satisfying outcomes. Each principle is a practice on its own, helping you engage in life in such a way that you are consistently learning and growing.
Skyrocket your personal development
Second, you can use the emotions that are associated with the first three levels of the Wright Developmental Model to help you transform your experience and personal development. Feeling afraid? Your fear is a signal that you are just trying to survive. Use that information to develop inner and outer resources that you can trust. Are you hurt? Use that hurt to help you move towards getting the affirmation you seek. Angry? Harness it to make the changes that need to be made so that you are more effective and satisfied. Using your emotions as a guide to change your experience is an essential part of the Wright Developmental Model.
Leadership skills & personal development assignment
In your relationships this week, use the Wright Developmental Model to take more risks and engage more deeply with one another, thereby creating a richer, more meaningful experience for yourself and those around you. You’ll also find your influence increasing and those around you will begin to trust and engage with you more. Keep noticing the subtle emotions that arise and instead of muting them, express them with others. Track your leadership skills and personal development and let us know the shifts you’ve noticed next week!
Click here for a copy of the Wright Developmental Model.
1. McLeod, Saul. “Erik Erikson | Psychosocial Stages.” Simply Psychology. http://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html.
2. “Developmental Model.” Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 8th Edition. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/developmental model.
As Director of Development at the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential, Lisa’s focus is on expanding the reach of this vibrant community not only by developing relationships with those who are new to us, but also by working in partnership with current community members. Lisa received her master’s degree from the Wright Graduate University, and is currently a doctoral student there, working towards an Ed.D in 2016. She is also a sought after educational consultant, working primarily with Montessori schools across the country.