The 4 Pillars of Conscious Leadership
- By Stephane Leblanc
In early 2017, I finally developed the courage to create my own organization, with Jeanne Rahilly my business partner, to embrace my mission of being a catalyst for the transformation of leaders and organizations and elevating consciousness in business across the world.
It took quite a leap of faith to do such a move. Not long ago I led an organization of 2,500 people with $2.5 billion in revenue which was responsible for a large portion of the company's profits and I had proven myself as a leader for many years having led three major transformations and having generated superior results for the company.
Ten years ago, I was introduced to the world of human and organizational transformation and I was fortunate to learn from wise people around the world who are masters of transformation. Thanks to their teaching and advice, I have transformed myself many times as a leader and I am still in transformation as we are never transformed and always transforming. I was also a catalyst for the transformation of several leaders and organizations. This allowed these leaders to reach their full potential and the organizations to achieve breakthrough performance.
In March 2017, I finally mustered the courage and I made the jump to pursue my passion for transformation full-time. In the last 10 months, I have had the chance to meet many leaders around the world who are interested in conscious leadership and ask me to explain what it is. This article is intended to summarize what I consider to be the four pillars of conscious leadership.
1. Creating a clear and inspiring vision
We live in a modern society that has experienced incredible technological breakthroughs in recent years, which also allows us to have access to infinite information through the internet and to connect with people from all over the world thanks to social media. With all this technology and all this information and the fact that the human species continues to increase its level of intelligence each year, we can wonder why we have so many societal and environmental problems. As the level of consciousness of people rises every year and as they adopt different values, are better educated and better informed, their expectations of organizations as consumers, suppliers, investors and employees have changed drastically. Their expectations towards business have changed significantly, especially in terms of health, environment, community and social well-being.
Unfortunately, many companies have not really evolved and still do business in the same way as they before as they an intensive focus on maximizing profits and they neglect the well-being of other stakeholders. It is time for companies to transform themselves and have a more holistic view of what an organization is and how they should conduct business. Especially since many studies have shown that conscious businesses do not just do good in society, they also do much better in the medium and long term in terms of their performance.
Conscious leaders have a more holistic view of their leadership, and they define an inspiring vision of the future that aligns with the corporate values and the higher purpose of the organization nd they enable employees and suppliers to see that they are part of a mission that is much bigger than themselves. Often, these leaders consult the various stakeholders in the development of their vision which allows them to channel the wisdom of the group and facilitates enrolment thereafter. These leaders are in creation mode and let themselves be inspired by the future that wants to emerge instead of being limited in the past. They focus on the needs of different stakeholders as well as the needs of their organization and they seek to make a difference. They understand that the vision allows them to manifest their intentions for the organization.
2. The transformation
As a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and transforms from an animal that uses nature for its own need, to an animal that contributes to the equilibrium of nature, it is possible for companies to transform themselves and add value to all stakeholders as well as contribute to their well-being instead of consuming resources and using people.
Since the culture of an organization is usually a reflection of the level of consciousness of the leaders, the transformation of an organization always begins with the transformation of the leaders. This transformation is possible when leaders accept to face their fears and limiting beliefs with courage and humility and choose to transcend them.
This allows them to put less emphasis on their personal needs to accomplish, to be recognized and to obtain financial rewards and to put the focus on others to inspire, develop, nurture and recognize them. To move from the I to WE.
Transformation is very different from change. Change is a different way of doing things. To do what we did before, but do it better, more efficiently, or in a quality enhancing way. Transformation is a different way of being. It requires a profound change in worldview which requires to adopt new beliefs, values and attitudes. Transformation is only possible when leaders and employees are able to honour the past and learn from it but not let it define the future.
3. Personal Mastery
Conscious leaders have understood that their way of being is as important as their way of doing, because it has a significant impact on the work climate and employee performance and they invest in themselves to achieve a high level of personal mastery. They are mindful and present and listen authentically to their employees and their customers which allows them to see reality as it really is. They have a high level of integrity, are authentic and vulnerable and are in control of their emotions no matter what the challenges are. They have an open attitude and are always open to feedback. They have also managed to balance the feminine and masculine side that is present in all of us. They are humble and constantly in transformation because they have understood that life is a school and that it is possible to learn from each of the challenges and failures.
4. Serving others
Conscious leaders understand the interdependence of all human beings and other living species. They realize that we are all in this together on this planet and they assume their responsibility and the consequences of their decisions and actions on the community and the environment. They are committed to creating a promising future for future generations.
They are committed to using their talents, their power, their position and their resources to bring good in society, which enables them to achieve much better results in the medium and long term. They are leaders who contribute to the energy of others and invest in the development of their team so that each member of the team can reach their full potential.
Becoming a conscious leader is a journey of transformation that is not easy but is well worth it because it brings a lot of joy and elevates the performance of the organization to a whole new level.
I am dedicated to your transformation and that of your organization and I will be happy to accompany you and your team in a transformation workshop or to welcome at our Academy of conscious leadership.
We hope to meet you a the Global Summit of Conscious Leadership in Montreal on March 14th.
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