What is conscious leadership…and why is it important?
Let’s look at consciousness first. Consciousness is that to which we pay attention. What we focus on and what we act upon.
The problem with this is that our mind is going all the time and our attention is affected by our beliefs…not actual facts. Too often we are informed by our inner views, rather than the bigger picture. Our consciousness is shaped by our experiences, what we have been told, what we’ve chosen to believe…about ourselves and the world.
“There are those who say that seeing is believing. I am telling you that believing is seeing.”
— Neale Donald Walsch
As we develop consciousness, we start to understand that our perspective is just that — our own viewpoint. And what’s real is much larger, more complex and nuanced than how we are seeing a situation. As consciousness grows, so does humility…along with personal power and choices. Life and work can become more interesting as we move beyond our boundaries of beliefs and seek to understand others’ perspectives, alternatives, and facts.
Conscious Leaders are aware of their thoughts. They can witness their reactions and feelings. They seek facts and opinions outside of themselves to make better decisions. They often operate with a beginner’s mind. This is having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.
Conscious Leaders don’t seek to be “right” or the ultimate authority. They are more interested in having better outcomes, sustainable solutions, and synergistic relationships. They are lifelong learners with voracious curiosity. They know how to ask questions that engage others in seeing the bigger picture and finding solutions. They seek understanding of root causes and implications before declaring a decision.
How to become a Conscious Leader?1. Notice your thoughts. Are they affirming or judgmental?2. If judgmental (about others, a situation or yourself), ask yourself, “Is this
true? What evidence do I have? How does it serve to have this thought? Is
there a more useful thought?”3. Seek facts, other perspectives, evidence.4. Cultivate clarity…in your thinking, problem-solving and communications5. Choose thoughts and focus that nourish and sustain you and your team.
“Seeing-is-believing is a blind spot in man’s vision.”
— Buckminster Fuller
Resources for Conscious Leaders
- The Work of Leaders – Vision, Alignment, Execution
- The Work – Byron Katie’s powerful process
- Notes from the Universe – daily inspiration with a twist
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