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ALLIANCE Archetype

CO-LEADERSHIP
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GENERAL BELIEF

Emphasizes mutuality and partnering that highlights each partner’s strengths, while acknowledging physical differences 

DESCRIPTION

Both man and woman partner to make decisions, either man and/or woman may contribute to household finances, domestic responsibilities likely to be determined based on strengths, abilities, time, etc. of individuals

LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

Interdependent; flexible roles; "head" might be viewed literally and anatomically as a metaphor for the husband as the “head” and the woman as the “body” that are both necessary for survival; non-hierarchical 

PROS

Interdependent; flexible roles; "head" might be viewed literally and anatomically as a metaphor for the husband as the “head” and the woman as the “body” that are both necessary for survival; non-hierarchical 

CONS

Requires continual communication and problem solving to maintain agreement and make adjustments in relationship roles

FOR SINGLES

If you are single, take time now to fully understand why non-traditional values are important to you and be willing to be open with future partners about the type of partnership you desire. It will be important to let that person know that, while you may fill some roles that may seem traditional, your beliefs about the roles of men and women are not likely to support efforts to remain strictly in traditional roles in a relationships. 

FOR COUPLES

If you are dating, invite your partner to take the Power Couple Style! Make time to discuss what individual roles you consider to be important in a committed relationship. It is beneficial in the dating stage to grasp an understanding of individual and collective expectations each partner has for one another. Figure out whether you share non-traditional expectations with the person you are dating before you become more committed in your relationship. Does the person you are dating have expectations that are more traditional because of your behaviors, but you are really only doing certain things because you enjoy it and not because you feel a responsibility or obligation? Talk about the areas where each of you has strengths and discuss how you could possibly complement one another.

ENCOURAGEMENT

Be mindful of non-traditional expectations for men and women in relationships. The benefit of the ALLIANCE Power Couple Style is that it allows compromise and flexibility in roles and responsibilities. You may find this style challenging, however, because there are no predetermined rules about the roles each person plays. Continual communication and problem solving is required to maintain agreement and make adjustments needed for the relationship to thrive.

Also view:

CLASSIC COUPLE Archetype and ALLIANCE COUPLE Archetype

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