The world is calling us to lead ourselves and others in a different way. The old system of win-at-all-cost achievement, top-down management, and hierarchical power hasn't worked. It isn't sustainable.
Conscious leaders put people first. They don't view people as a means to an end. Conscious leaders foster kindness, collaboration, and co-creation so that their people are seen, heard, and fulfilled.
When people thrive, performance follows.
Leaders can't lead if they are distracted, worried, preoccupied, and stressed.
Moving from meeting to meeting, from email to email, from one device to another isn't a recipe for success -- it's a roadmap to burnout.
Conscious leaders value space. They deliberately practice slowing down to be present with what -- and who -- is in front of them at the moment.
When you are present, you see more. You hear more. You feel more.
Presence is the ultimate performance-enhancing tool. The conscious leader can see and sense opportunities that others can't. The conscious leader isn't carried away into drama, stress, and false crisis.
Conscious leaders know why to step back, how to listen, and when to act.
An awake and aware leader brings their whole self to everything they do. After all, we don't live "professional" and "personal" lives. We live one life.
Conscious leaders trust their intuition. The conscious leader knows when things feel on or off – they choose what works for them. They lean into what brings them joy; they step away from what contracts them.
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If we aren't careful, we can spend our whole lives on autopilot. Stuck on the hamster wheel, we move from meeting to meeting, job to job, decade to decade following what we're told.
You have so much more to offer the world – and the world has so much more to offer you. Your presence matters. Your presence is unique. Your presence is powerful.
Conscious leadership means waking up – leading your own life.
The signs are all around. The phone call from an old friend you were just thinking about. The request from your boss to research a product you've been dreaming about. The synchronicity of hearing about the same book from three different people.
When we slow down, we see more. We notice that the information that is really helpful in guiding us often comes from within.
Working harder isn't necessarily the best way. The conscious leader drops the need to prove, to push, to strive. The conscious leader is aware of the wisdom all around.
Stop the pretending. Stop the pleasing. Stop the story telling. The world really needs you to be you.
Conscious leaders don't compartmentalize. They don't mitigate. They bring their full selves to everything they do. Conscious leaders have the courage to practice being human – knowing they are enough.
We're designed to be authentic. It's more tiring to pretend to be someone else than it is to be who we're meant to be. Authenticity starts when we align to our deepest truths. When we're aligned, everything works better. Life flows.
When we align to ourselves, we can bring out the best in ourselves and others.
Plenty's Four Lights of Conscious Leadership outline a deeper way to consider leadership. Whereas most leadership curriculums consider what leaders should do, the Four Lights help conscious leaders reflect on how they could be.
This subtle difference is the open invitation to reconsider not only what leadership is, but what life has on offer for us.
We each have values and passions that are unique. These passions are clues that can lead us to the life we dream of. Many of us have experienced the internal tension that comes from doing something we don't like to do, or from saying something we don't believe to be true. That's not leadership.
Leadership is about shining our light authentically. True leadership is about clarifying our passions in order to inspire the best in others and ourselves. To do that, we need to get clear on what we truly value, and then practice speaking and living our own truth rather than someone else's.
In other words, we start by clarifying our own passions – the things we care about and why – and then sharing them with the world. When we follow our passions, we live a more authentic life. That authenticity increases our joy and fulfillment. It's that simple.
Even in our darkest, most insecure and fearful moments, we still have everything we need to be leaders.
What if every time we experienced worry or stress, those feelings were meant to be reminders to us about how powerful we are? What if every moment of doubt was meant to be a call for us to remember our best selves?
Our light may feel dim at times, but it can never go out. Beyond a healthy humility, negative self-talk and harsh self-criticism don't serve us well. Leadership at its core starts with self-love. Are we ready to embrace the weakest parts of ourselves, knowing that they help the strongest parts of us grow?
The idea that we can control the world around us – with our words, plans, goals, or actions – is an alluring fiction. It is a fiction that many of us hold onto for years, until an unforeseen crisis or random act of fate disrupts our carefully constructed worldview.
In truth, nearly everything in our lives exists outside of our control. Leaders don’t need to know all the answers, and seldom do. Rather, leaders spend time learning to navigate the unknown, step by step, moment by moment, with presence and alignment to their beliefs, values, and purpose.
In moments of uncertainty we can trust that we are fully prepared to "show up to what shows up." We only have to know the next step. Life will illuminate the right next step we need to take.
Leaders know that there’s a bigger plan. Some call it Fate; others God; others the Universe; others the Divine. Some may call it Science.
Whatever you name it, leaders realize there are larger forces at work. The sun rises without us having to set an alarm on our cell phone. The seasons change without needing a calendar appointment to do it. There is a grand set of forces working all around us. Those forces sometimes communicate to us via insight, intuition, and synchronicity.
Leaders polish their intellectual skills, but they are just as willing to follow their instincts, feelings, and heart as they walk in awareness.
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