Does putting together the words "conscious" and "leaders" seem odd or even off-putting to you? When I first encountered this pairing of words, what was it that caused my mind to ask, Gee, how conscious am I? and then wonder indignantly, What am I, unconscious?
What is consciousness, anyway, and what does it have to do with you getting the results you want from your business? We already know that running a business—or any organization or project, for that matter—requires a lot more than having someone self-aware in the driver's seat. Running a business requires good, smart, and committed people; processes that match the requirements of the task at hand; informed, satisfied customers or clients… the list goes on.
But our world is changing faster than we can even comprehend, and what's required of us as leaders now goes beyond the old-school command-and-control leadership tactics. Even if we have grown our organizations beyond those tactics so our teams are more collaborative, cohesive, engaged, and family-oriented, even the best of families have room for improvement when it comes to getting along and getting things done.
I have been called to a larger movement in business. Call it what you want: Conscious Capitalism, Conscious Business, and Integral Leadership are a few of the names for this movement. This movement inspires me to bring everything I am and everything I have to the game. Everything I’ve learned from a lifetime of movement discipline. All the coaching and facilitation approaches I’ve developed over the past sixteen years as I’ve supported leaders transitioning themselves and their organizations to higher levels of performance and satisfaction.
I'm calling this new endeavor Conscious Leaders, and I know that as we work with clients and as their awareness and leadership capacities expand, I too will be impacted. I know this because ever since I planted my flag in the ground for Conscious Leaders, this work is affecting me in deep and numerous ways.
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