The Barrett Model™ Explained

The Barrett Model™ assessment aims to provide an understanding of authentic motivations for our actions. Our values, conscious or unconscious, motivate each action and decision we make. Inspired by Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the Barrett Model™ identifies the seven most important areas of human motivation. The model ranges from basic survival to a greater, societal contribution. Looking at it through the lenses of Personal Consciousness and Leadership, we begin to see how we can use this model to become better individuals, and better leaders.


Personal-Conscious The Barrett Model™ ExplainedThe Personal Consciousness Model

At its core, the Personal Consciousness Model tells us that we must first focus on meeting our personal needs for survival and relationships in order to establish our strongest sense of self. Before we can begin to work towards being of service to others, we should ensure that we have the capacity, ability, and resources to do so. The central, transformation stage in this model is important because it is the autonomy, freedom, and responsibility we establish for ourselves here that pushes us past satisfying only the needs that serve us. The top of the Personal Consciousness Model is where we begin to identify our externally motivated values and strive to achieve more for the sake of others.


Leadership-Model The Barrett Model™ ExplainedThe Leadership Model

Transposing these ideas onto the Leadership Model can see how they connect to their application at the team level. The survival and relationship needs of leadership require that the health and safety of teams are taken care of, and that there is a mutual connection and support to excelling in productivity. Innovation and risk-taking are key to evolving leadership capabilities beyond a results orientation. Authenticity, mentorship, and vision are demonstrated by leaders who leverage their success to bring further opportunities to their teams and greater community. They value creativity and collaboration to achieve long-term goals in service of their purpose. 


The Barrett Model™ is used to identify the values of individuals and groups through conducting a series of assessments. In doing so, you gain a precise picture of your organisation’s current and future dynamics. Understanding your values can provide an indication of potential issues or conflict within your organisation. By clarifying those values, you are able to address problems before they can be expressed. Action plans are then based on accurate insights that coincide with the particular circumstances and needs that are unique to you. A targeted and measurable strategy is created that leads to the development of a prospering workplace culture and high performing teams.


About the Author: The Leadership Sphere
The Leadership Sphere helps small and medium businesses and larger organisations in Australia, in creating value through leadership. The Leadership Sphere provides a humanistic approach to the way it delivers leadership, performance and coaching services. We work with leaders and senior teams who need to gain increased clarity, build capability and ensure contribution at every level in the organisation, and enable a safe, inclusive and  high trust organisation.
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