I have been traveling to the islands since I was twelve. In high school, between trips to the beach, I flew small planes around and between the islands. During college, I spent a semester at Kapiolani Community College studying business and waiting tables at the Plaza Club. These past few years as I finished my doctorate, I’ve had the privilege of working with organizations and leadership teams on the islands helping with Strategy, Culture, Process, and People.
But it wasn’t until just recently I learned a bit of Hawai’i history showing me the parallels of the colors of the islands to the four color work I do.
- Ku – Red, War, Blood
- Lono – Green, Agriculture
- Kanaloa – Blue, Water
- Kane – Yellow, Rising Sun
I appreciate how each relates to the compass I work from:
- Strategy is the Ku, Red energy, how we approach the competitive landscape of our industry.
- Culture is the Lono, Green energy, how we grow our people, the community we serve, and what it is that we produce.
- Process is the Kanaloa, Blue energy, how things flow together and work gets done.
- People are the Kane, Yellow energy, how we get our energy, through our people, the sun raises in each of us.
These same four color energies also relate to each and every one of our leadership styles as well.
- Positive, affirmative, bold, and assertive
- Approach others in a direct and straightforward manner
- High activity, working with others, being logical and focusing on facts
- Still, tranquil, calming, and soothing
- Ensure all individual perspectives are heard and considered in making choices or decisions
- An approach favoring depth, reflection, harmony and consensus
- Showing no bias, objective, and detached
- Likes information to be accurate and complete before proceeding
- Style is task-focused, calm under pressure, thoughtful and objective
- Cheerful, uplifting, spirited, and buoyant
- Radiate enthusiasm and encourage participation
- Couples sociability and consideration for others with action-orientation and entertaining
Chances are you see yourself, primarily, in one or two of these color energies, but in fact, we have all four within us. One or two tend to dominate, but at different times and circumstances we can call on all four to serve the work we do. It is the combination of these four colors that makes up the very unique leadership style that exists with each of us.
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