How conscious leaders are made

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By Stephane Leblanc, Founder and CEO, International Centre for Conscious Leadership

Greta Thunberg is my hero.

One day last summer at age 15, she skipped school to strike for climate change as she sat outside the Swedish parliament, alone.  Her parents tried to dissuade her. Her friends declined to join her. People on the street expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of this unknown young woman sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.

Eight months later, the picture is completely different as she is seen across the world as a model of determination, inspiration and positive action. She has met country presidents and CEO's of business to criticize them for their myopic focus on money and their lack of courage in taking actions to prevent climate change.  This lone climate justice warrior is  now anything but alone as millions of people walked in the streets on March 15th for climate justice in more than 700 cities in 70 counties. 

As Margaret mead said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Greta Thunberg is a true conscious leader.  She has an inspiring vision of creating a world where all living beings can thrive.  She had the courage to stand up for her beliefs even if it was not popular.  By her actions and her being, she is enrolling millions of people around the world to join her movement and she has the courage to speak her truth even when speaking to powerful people. 

History is full of people that transformed themselves to become conscious leaders to make a significant difference in the world.  Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King are great examples.  If think history will prove that Greta will also be seen in the future as someone of the same caliber. Someone that played a key role to change the world. She is already doing it ad she is only 16.

At a time where humanity is facing such significant challenges as extreme right politics, terrorism, world hunger and climate change, we need more and more conscious leaders at all levels of society including governments, business, health care and education and Greta is showing us the power of one person standing up for her beliefs as a conscious leader. Such a leader never stays alone for a long time.

I also choose to stand up for my beliefs. I stand for the transformation of our leaders into conscious leaders and our organizations into conscious organizations with a long term focus and a commitment to maintain a healthy balance between the needs of the organization and the needs of those it leads and serve as well as society. My vision is that one day soon, we will all work together to co-create a promising future for the next generations

Are you ready to stand up for your beliefs?

Are you ready to make a difference?

Are you ready to become a conscious leader?