My business coaching clients often ask how they can be better leaders… of staff, suppliers, partners, in the community and with their family.
There are many leadership theories that could keep you enthralled for at least a couple of minutes, until you realize that in these times of extraordinary change these models are incredibly challenging to use effectively and rarely create the visionary results you are looking for!
Look around. There’s traditional command and control leaders, servant leaders, transformational leaders, charismatic leaders - the list goes on... Traditional leadership styles mostly rely on various forms of force, exclusion, competition and separation - managing and shaping people in ways that inadvertently limit their contributions and stop the business from being extraordinary.
Traditional leaders almost always work from a paradigm where their experience gives them many past reference points, which leads to a habit of triangulating their beliefs, expectations, judgments, projections and obligations so that they can ‘make sense’ of their world.
This approach creates a set of decisions and conclusions which paint the leader into a fixed position where they become vested in a specific outcome and then they are faced with layer after layer of limitations instead of new possibilities, creativity and innovation! Does this really sound like something you would like to have in leading your business? What if there was another choice?
Conscious leadership allows maximum creativity, contribution, collaboration and flow. Conscious leadership allows leaders to be expansive, to use their full capacities, to approach business with ease, joy and a sense of abundance.
When you are leading consciously, you have the ability to perceive what’s possible, to know where change can create and generate more expansion and ease, to be the greatness of who you truly are, and to receive and actualize the unlimited possibilities that the universe offers up anew in every moment!
Conscious leaders have insight, energy, vision, creativity, joy, caring, spontaneity and the ability to dissolve conflict with ease. When you connect what is happening right now with the infinite possibilities the universe offers, you are leading consciously.
Conscious leaders create results through the power of their presence, their choices and their personal actions. They expand possibilities rather than contract them. They BE the change they desire to see in the organization, first, whether anyone else follows or not!
Would you be willing to claim, own and acknowledge your infinite capacity to be a conscious leader? We can all be conscious leaders – even children can lead consciously - it is just a choice! You can start right now: for every choice you need to make today, ask yourself: “Will this expand or contract the possibilities for this business?” The path has already opened for you!
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