Integral Leadership: the TEA model

The TEA model to analyse thoughts, emotions and actionsThe TEA model: analysing thoughts, emotions and actions

The three aspects of the T.E.A. Model - thoughts (internal processing), emotions (internal states), and actions (external behaviours), are constantly influencing one another. If we change one, then the others change too.

This happens within ourselves and also within others, which means that we are constantly influencing one another - but usually at an unconscious level. We will explore how we can consciously change each aspect for ourselves so that they affect the others and how we can affect others' thoughts andemotions by changing our own actions.

Thoughts - internal processes & beliefs

We start to understand the way in which others think by learning about the representational systems through which we filter all information - what we see, hear, feel, taste and smell - the VAKOG. Examining the meanings of eye movement patterns adds to this knowledge and understanding. We also explore the different Metaprogrammes, which others use to filter information and interact with the world which allows us to clarify their beliefs and how they impact upon the world. We also explore the skill of chunking as a way of filtering and also as a way of reaching agreement when negotiating or arbitrating.

Emotions - internal states & values

Gaining more control over our own emotional state through the technique of self anchoring gives us more time and energy to place our attention on those we are attempting to influence. We develop this skill and learn how we can influence the emotional states of others through anchoring and also the use of impact words, which enable us to utilise others' values.

Actions - external behaviours & words

Rapport - we learn that there are at least four levels of rapport - at the non-verbal level, at the level of tone and paraverbals, at the level of words themselves, and also at the levels of beliefs and values. By expanding our knowledge of and usage of sensory acuity and calibration, we develop the skills of matching and mirroring, which enable us to pace and lead others. By noting others' postures and gestures through The Satir Categories we have another tool to help us understand others. Questioning skills enable us to develop further our information gathering skills.

See also:

The TEA model: analysing thoughts, emotions and actions. Integral Leadership, Executive Development Programmes
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