New perspectives in family and group dynamicsNye perspektiver i familie- og gruppedynamik
PRESENTATION No 72 Steen Visholm Associate professor, M.Psych., Ph. D., Roskilde University Private adress: Krystalgade 6 II DK-1172 København K Denmark email@example.com THE PROMOTED SIBLING By their writings about sibling relations Mitchell and Coles has added fruitful complexity to the psychodynamic understanding of families, groups and organisations. With a point of departure in a study of self-governing groups in a factory the paper introduces the concept: ‘the promoted sibling’ which provide quite some understanding of the middle managers challenges in his or her role and the challenges in democracy in general. The middle manager can be seen as ‘a sibling promoted from above’ and democracy can be seen as siblings promoting a sibling to be ‘a temporary parent’ (Winnicott) or ‘a sibling promoted from below’. The extension of the family dynamics with the sibling relations provides a way to understand challenges to leaders in postmodern organisations. Theories about leadership has until now been occupied with the vertical relations in the organisations. To lead a team of creative people the leader has to pay attention both to the relations between leader and followers and to the relations between the followers. Creativity seems to be closely linked to envy and dealing with envy and fear of envy seems to be an issue in growth. Litterature: Prophency Coles: The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Psychoanalysis. London & New York: Karnac 2003 Mitchell, Juliet (2003): Siblings. Sex and Violence. Cambridge, Polity Press. Winnicott, Donald W. (1986): “Some thoughts on the meaning of the Word ‘Democracy’”. In. Home is where we start from. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd. 1986.
psykoanalyse; søskende; ledelse og organisation; demokrati; kreativitet