Are you ready to join the Conscious Leadership revolution?

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By Stephane Leblanc

With the current state of humanity, where many leaders are focused on their own ego needs and frequently disregard the needs of important stakeholders such a employees, customers, the community and the environment, we are facing many worldwide challenges. We are currently using 1.5 times more natural resources than the capacity of the earth to renew itself.

The business world is often a great source of stress for many leaders and employees with the myopic focus on profits which results in many employees being disengaged and unfulfilled and the omnipresence of anxiety and burnout. 

We are going through a crisis of leadership and we need a revolution of leadership and this revolution will be a revolution of consciousness.

Conscious leaders are self-aware leaders. They focus on being as much as doing. They are focused on the needs of others and they believe that they and their organization have a responsibility towards the world to create a positive impact.

The level of consciousness of an organization is a direct reflection of the level of consciousness of the most senior leaders.

We just have to look at Enron, where the CEO and Chairman were recommending to their employees and the public to buy shares of the company while they were selling all their own shares or the the leaders of most major US investment banks who were intentionally selling their customers financial products that were worthless in order to maximize their profits and the bonus of their leaders, or a large international aerospace company where the senior executives paid themselves huge bonuses after firing thousands of employees and borrowing a lot of money from the government.

In all these cases, we see leaders focused on their own ego needs and disregarding the needs of other stakeholders. We see low consciousness organizations led by low consciousness leaders.  We see leaders stuck in superficiality and not assuming the responsibility for the long term impact of their actions. 

The culture of an organization is a reflection of leadership consciousness defined by the values and beliefs of the most senior leaders and organizational transformation is only possible with the personal transformation of the leaders. The level of psychological development of the leaders defines their level of consciousness. - Richard Barrett

Leaders need to reflect on their true purpose. Why do they exist? What is their true role in the organization? How do they define their leadership? What is their life mission? What is their leadership purpose?  What will be your leadership legacy?

Your soul mission is your reason for being, your life purpose. It's your calling in life, who you feel called to be, what you feel called to do. Mission is an energy that flows through you, a drive, voice, or passion that you cannot ignore.. It's what you know in your heart you must live if you are to experience inner peace and harmony. - Alan Seale

In most business school, we learn that the role of a leader is to create a vision, to implement a strategy and to maximize profits for the shareholders. This is all from the brain but what about the heart and soul? What if the key role of a leader is to use the company resources to create positive impact for the customers, the community and humanity? What if this is the best way to maximize profits and shareholder value?

This might sound counter intuitive to most business leaders, but if you take a minute to think of it, you will see that it makes a lot of sense as people want to buy from companies that have a soul and people will work so much harder for such a company.  And if you want to attract millennials to work for you, it is essential that you have a higher purpose. 

The challenges we see in society are major and evolution is no longer enough.  We need a transformation of the business world.  We need a Conscious Leadership Revolution.

Cultural capital is the new frontier of competitive advantage. Who are and what you stand for is vitally important to your organization success. - Richard Barrett

Are you ready to join the Conscious Leadership Revolution?