Building Camelot

The Arthurian legends have long-held fascination for me. I have read many a book on the subject and am totally mesmerised by the majestic vision of Camelot espoused by Arthur and the leadership qualities he displayed in pursuit of that state of being. I am, however, equally drawn in by the wisdom, intuition and higher perspective held by Merlin as he travels alongside Arthur in an attempt to provide wise counsel and guidance.

Like all powerful legends, the story can be received at many levels and contains as many lessons, insights, and provocations as it does entertainment and fantasy. On a personal level, it has provided me with an abiding sense of purpose – to help create a world where leaders of all genres and remits can sit around the roundtable as equals, bound by a common ‘code’ and common values, striving toward creating a better world for everyone.

One of the lenses on the story that particularly intrigues me is the ‘relationship’ between Merlin and Arthur. The former often depicted as an older man and the latter a young, naïve boy. For me, that relationship is very much like the one we could have between our outer self or personality (Arthur) and our higher self or soul (Merlin). A relationship where there are daily challenging interchanges and deep silent connections coupled with loving support, unconditionally given. It’s a relationship where the soul seeks to be heard and to help us to ‘grow up’ psychologically, ethically, spiritually.

This relationship between soul and personality is one which is rarely explored within the organisational leader context.

And yet, regardless of whether we discuss it openly, in my view, it exists. We all have our outer Arthur and we all have our inner Merlin. Deciding to open ourselves to the existence of the two parts of ourselves and seeking to build the relationship between them would bring us access to immense power – an inner power that would elevate our livingness and our leadership to new levels.

It is an inner power that might even enable us to dare to dream of building our own Camelot – groups, organisations, living systems where everyone is bonded by powerful and uplifting values, beliefs and behaviours that are deeply held and not lightly transgressed.


Lorraine Flower
Lorraine Flower
As a Corporate change agent, consultant, coach and mentor Lorraine founded azzur and is completely transparent about the spiritual principles on which it operates. Alongside her 18 years as azzur’s founder, Lorraine brings 20 years' service industry experience to bear through her senior leadership roles at British Airways (BA) and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER). It is Lorraine's belief in individual and organisational power for good that gives azzur its raison d'etre. azzur and Lorraine specifically has worked with clients across the business spectrum from financial services, to retail and transport to healthcare an in both the public and private sectors. azzur is focused on developing contemporary, spirited leadership capability, and organisations built on inspiring purpose, empowering cultures and a powerful vision and values. She is championing new models of leadership and organisational development founded on the principles of conscious leadership and writes extensively on these topics.She is a member of a number of global spiritual groups and communities serving the greater good of Humanity and the planet. She works and studies extensively in developing and exploring conscious leadership believing that business leaders are key players in transforming the well-being of the planet and humanity as a whole.

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