The Edgecumbe Primary Colours® Model of Leadership

We work with clients and use the Primary Colours® Model of Leadership (or as we often refer to it, the ‘head-heart-hands’ model of leadership), to provide a shared understanding of leadership. We’ve found this simple way of thinking about leadership helps liberate leaders at all levels to understand where to play to their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses through the notion of complementarity, ultimately leading their teams to success.

Our Leadership model and approach to leadership is:

Endorsed by one of the UK’s most prominent academics in the field of psychology, Professor Adrian Furnham,

Taught at Oxford Saïd Business School and Duke Corporate Education

Adopted by some of the worlds industry-leading organisations, such as the BSI Group, Rolls-Royce and Ahold Delhaize.

  • The model is task based – it is constructed by the tasks that leaders need to do which helps them to make sense of and effectively tackle the leadership challenges they face.
  • The model is simple and memorable, so it is readily understood, accepted, and acted upon.
  • It provides a common language for leadership and management.
  • Because the leadership model focuses on tasks, it can work alongside existing competency models, acting as an over-arching framework for leadership.
  • It guides individual and team development and provides outline architecture for talent management and performance management processes.
  • It allows for an assessment approach that reflects underlying psychological differences between people, therefore it takes account of the interplay between personality and performance.
  • Because it is based on broad leadership tasks and not detailed competencies whose importance depends on context, it enables comparisons (benchmarking) of leaders across functions, organisations and industries.

How can the Primary Colour’s® Model assist you in your Leadership Challenges ….