Leadership Evolution

THE "FIVE E" model

Italy, Europe, and indeed the whole world have undergone many changes over the last decade, and professionals today are worried about their present and future standing in this fluid and precarious workplace. However, they are also courageous and willing to embrace the necessary change to find a new equilibrium, a new meaning to what they do, and we are here to drive this transformation.

What about Leadership? We think that some continue to remain in the old & out-dated model that can only excel in a world that no longer exists today.

We at MIDA have been working with Gian Piero Quaglino (former Professor of Adult Learning & Leadership Development in University of Turin) to go beyond common patterns and design an entirely innovative approach to leadership evolution. The aim of our endeavours is to harness the power of interpersonal relationships, the ability to follow through, and both the courage and the moral fibre required to excel in playing the leader role.

Our sources on the ground tell us that company leaders are often out of touch, and run the risk of burnout and isolation.

We have developed strategies to stop this from happening and turn the situation around. Being an Example, recover Energy, rediscover Empathy, aiming at Equilibrium and Ethics towards the role and the relationships.

THE "FIVE E" model can help you potentiate your management know-how with skills for following through, and for winning your team over to the great ongoing transformation with a courageous style of leadership that is centred on relationships, setting a virtuous example, vision, and a sense of responsibility and fair play.


Decision-making is a leadership pillar. It is fundamental to be an example in order to win over the hearts and minds of the team and workmates. It is crucial to excel in both performance and behaviour to gain the respect of your team. The ability to simplify complex processes is also fundamental, to be seen as a concrete and clear guide. Being a model in behaviour and knowledge is a key to have followers, to engage, to influence versus being authoritative.

Slow, indecisive, unwilling leadership is no leadership at all. A good leader will put energy into everything they do, and transmit this energy to those around them. If you have a vision, a fresh approach, the determination to follow through, the will to face every challenge and uncertainty, and the courage to take risks to achieve your ends, this enthusiasm will be transmitted to those around you. Energy is movement, joy, and vitality, in both mindset and action, and should not be wasted, stifled or lost. Ask what it is that is curtailing your energy output, and what would allow you reactivate it and thereby express your full potential.

By putting yourself in others' shoes, by forming real interpersonal bonds, and by being aware of even the smallest signs of indecision, difficulty, or uncertainty, you can become a better leader. The key is to be there, in body and in mind, and to pay careful attention to others. If a leader is fully aware of what is happening around them, or even at a distance, the team will feel the benefit and the organisation will reap the rewards. A real leader knows how to listen and lend a hand, while maintaining a position of strength. It is vital for a team to be able to count on a strong, intuitive, sensitive leader who takes an active interest in their wellbeing.


Balance is the key to progress, excellence and outstanding performance. When embarking on a new project or initiative especially, it is essential to be able to carefully weigh up decisions, and to know where and when to concentrate resources. Equilibrium is knowing your limits and how to exceed them safely and successfully – to dare, to risk, to innovate. During change, equilibrium is required to ensure stability, rather than stagnation. A calm and lucid approach can help you to calculate the pressures that a team can withstand and what risks to take. Equilibrium also means knowing which solutions are required for what problems, and to understand exactly how far you are willing to go in order to triumph.

Unimpeachable behaviour, a moral approach, and full accountability are indispensible for cementing both your position and your interpersonal relationships. Ethics is the key to generating trust, and establishing meaningful ties with members of your team, who can all unite with shared goals and a common moral code. A strong leader will establish and declare firm ethical principles, and, above all, be seen to adhere to them without fail. Though it may at times be arduous, a strong leader should be willing to question their own motives, bravely and thoughtfully face dilemmas, and provide a shining example of sincerity, respect, loyalty, integrity, and accountability.

Five E model consulting can be provided via:

  • short training courses on one or more of the five Es
  • one-to-one coaching on one of the five Es
  • blended learning courses

Why not take this on-line self-diagnosis test to see whether one or more of these courses would be right for you?

There are 64 questions to answer, and you may like to involve your colleagues, managers and/or staff – their responses will be given anonymously, and only you will have access to your results, in the form of a confidential report.


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