Effective Executive Journal
Achieving Sustainable High-Impact Improvement with the “7-C-Butterfly Bow Tie”™ Model: An Innovative Leadership Paradigm for Positive In-Depth Transformation

Article Details
Pub. Date : Dec, 2019
Product Name : Effective Executive
Product Type : Coaching and Mentoring
Product Code : EECM21912
Author Name :Kai-Alexander Schlevogt
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Management
Download Format : PDF Format
No. of Pages : 12



Throughout history, leaders have played a pivotal role in bringing about positive in-depth transformation in different walks of life. In contrast to the artful interventions of helmsmen in the past, nowadays, many executives facing increasing uncertainty and complexity in their external environments and inside their institutions are introducing ever more sophisticated guidelines. They thus hope to standardize behavior and reduce risks as a result. Those imperfect rigid codifications of past insights, crafted in the absence of complete knowledge, are bound to elicit wrong responses in rapidly changing environments with many unforeseen events happening. Given the key role of leadership for institutional and personal success and the current leadership void due to abdication in favor of rules, it is high time to reconnect to timeless wisdom and ensure that movers and shakers again take over the steering wheel to avoid implosion or explosion at various levels of aggregation. The new “7-C-Butterfly Bow Tie”™ (BBT) model includes various components of leadership, making it possible for helmsmen to unleash seemingly unlimited individual and collective energy in the pursuit of noble objectives.


In Cicero’s On the Republic (De Re Publica), the famous Roman statesman and general Scipio Aemilianus shares the following insight with his interlocutors: Any state [more precise translation: commonwealth; literally: “public thing”] is of such a kind as is either the nature or the will of him who rules it What applies to states at the macro-level, also holds true for collective bodies at lower levels of aggregation across a wide array of domains. There is much supporting evidence from history and other disciplines for the following conclusion: Institutions in all walks of life are only as good as their leaders. That is why Cicero states that even the mixed state form, which he regards as the best structural design, can be ruined by corrupt individuals. To a large extent, the above maxim also applies to personal leadership, since, holding other things constant, what followers have become, significantly depends on the leaders they have had, including, very importantly, their parents!