What is Conscious Leadership?
Change and Transformation to Benefit the World
The role of a leader at its very core is all about change and transformation. Being a conscious leader means you see the bigger picture and you care about how your role as a leader has the potential to have a positive impact across your organisation, in your community, wider society and the world.
Right now, conscious leadership is more important than ever before, due to issues we are all facing such as climate change, global pandemics, the mental health crisis and growing polarisation and inequalities across society. Also, the challenges and opportunities created by technology, social media, changing working practices, the global economy, increasingly segmented business markets and more diverse workforces. Leaders of today need to embody co-operation, compassion and care, as well as being strong and possessing exceptional moral courage.
This is different from traditional command and control forms of leadership, as well as more recent styles that have emphasised short term profitability and maximising performance in the now. Without proper care for people and the longer term impacts that actions taken today have on the organisations they lead, plus wider negative consequences for communities, society and the planet.
WHAT MAKES A CONSCIOUS LEADER?
High levels of self awareness
Being driven by a higher purpose – both personally and how you show up and lead in the workplace.
It’s about making decisions that are driven by the long term, while also considering short term objectives.
Taking actions that optimise benefits for all stakeholders: team members, customers and clients, suppliers, shareholders; the communities in which your organisation operates, and the health of the planet.
CONSCIOUS LEADERS ARE AS UNIQUE AS THE IMPACTS THEY MAKE.
- Common traits include:
- High levels of emotional intelligence (EQ).
- Inspiring a shared purposed.
- Leading by example.
- Live your calling.
- Commitment to nurturing and developing others.
- Courageous decision making.
- Integrity: encompassing honesty, fairness and authenticity – doing the right thing.
- Mission to have a positive impact on the world.
HOW DO I BECOME A CONSCIOUS LEADER?
The good news: all leaders can work to become more conscious. The most important element is having the drive to want to do good through your role as a leader. Better leaders create a better world. Working with a coach is the best way to develop the practices, skills, tools and expertise needed to be a conscious leader.
I have created my own model for the development of conscious leadership, which is applicable to the development of individual leaders and affecting cultural changes across organisations. It’s called the Wheel of Conscious Leadership.
Wheel of Conscious Leadership
Through coaching and training, I work with people to develop their skills as a conscious leader using the elements within my Wheel of Conscious Leadership framework and programme. It is designed to work with individuals, teams and organisations to bring higher levels of conscious awareness into leadership. The work within each segment of the wheel cultivates the next linking step around the outer edge of the wheel, in the process increasing levels of energy and commitment as leaders adapt and grow to be more conscious.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If you’re ready to take the next step to develop your leadership skills or those of the people within your organisation, the next step is to arrange a consultation to discuss the best approach, tailored to you as an individual and/or that of your organisation. This may include coaching, mentoring, training or other consultancy services offered by Chris.
Emotional intelligence forms a key component of all leadership coaching engagements and the EQi 2.0 Leadership report is included with all 1:1 leadership and executive coaching packages.
Conscious Leadership: Why do we need it?
- People are ‘waking up’ and demanding more from the companies they spend their money with.
- Increasing complexity in the workplace: diversity, equity and inclusion, changing working practices and workplace well-being.
- Rapid pace of technological changes, information systems and social media.
- More diverse and segmented consumer markets.
- Rising inequalities in society and polarisation in politics
- Climate change and the risk of global pandemics
- Old world views and models of leadership are no longer working – a more progressive, conscious approach is needed.
“Chris has given me the confidence that I can turn my career into something I can be proud of and will enjoy”
Ian, Senior Product Analyst
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