What Is Flow?

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Flow is a concept coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi whose contention is that you can change your state of consciousness entering a state of optimal experience called FLOW.

Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” stemmed from the pursuit of happiness and have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. You may recognise the experience of flow when you have been totally absorbed in what you are working on and don’t even notice the hours go by as you create your masterpiece.

To achieve a state of flow it is essential that the level of challenge is equal to the level of skill, as the challenge increases so must the skill set and confidence.

Flow Leadership

The ideal or ultimate state of effectiveness, influence and success in leadership.



The exploration of positive psychology and leadership agility has lead to the development of the Flow Leadership Model that creates the roadmap of how Flow Leadership can be achieved.

The Flow Leadership Model contains 4 developmental levels representing 4 distinct stages. Each stage specifies the current state of the learner and the development required to progress to the next stage, in relation to movement along the Flow Spectrums.

The first level is FIXED represented by the inability to move due to very strong preferences for a particular trait. “This is how I am, take me or leave me as I am”. The development required is progress from mindset (opening of mind) to developing self-awareness, achieving balance, and finally to attaining flow. The fourth level of FLOW represents an ability to move fluidly along all spectrums. This unconscious and spontaneous movement is aligned with the optimum response to the context for both people and situation at the current time.

Flow Spectrums

There are 12 trait dichotomies on the Flow Spectrums, grouped into three categories:
SELF – Your personality traits and innate preferences that shape your behaviours
OTHERS – Your default behaviours when interacting with others
WORLD – Your lens of the world used when forming perceptions and making decisions

Each of these dichotomies shapes attitudes, behaviours and ultimately leadership decisions. Understanding one’s instinctive leadership style is the first step to achieving Flow Leadership.

The experienced and self-aware leader who has developed the ability for unconscious and spontaneous movement between approaches and styles to best fit the current audience or context can attain Flow Leadership.

Flow Leadership provides leadership programs and coaching to challenge the way you think about leadership, empowering you to initiate positive change within yourself and your organisation.


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