The 5 Myths On Conscious Leadership
By Stephane Leblanc, Founder and CEO, International Centre for Conscious Leadership
An organization will not be able to perform to its full potential in the long run if it is led by a leader who lacks personal mastery and is only focused on his or her own needs and those of the organization and neglects the needs of other stakeholders.
Unfortunately, there are still people who think that conscious leaders are soft and do not put enough emphasis on results. When people see compassion, generosity, listening and a real interest in the needs of employees and customers, they conclude that these leaders are not demanding enough, not enough focused on results.
The truth is quite different because the practices adopted by conscious leaders lead to breakthrough results as they require leaders to have great discipline, perseverance, and exceptional mental agility to make a real difference.
It is high time to destroy the myths that prevent some leaders from embracing conscious leadership and enjoying its many benefits because, after all, conscious leadership is the only paradigm of leadership that will allow organizations to thrive in the new economy.
Myth no. 1: Conscious leaders are not demanding enough
Many people think that conscious leaders are too soft because they worry too much about employee wellbeing and do not focus enough on performance. The truth is that conscious leaders have realized the importance of creating an organizational culture that promotes the well-being of employees so they can thrive and rise to their full potential as this the only way for the organization to achieve breakthrough results.
Conscious leaders purposely create the culture of their organization, and they also optimize results by embracing continuous improvement and a high level of accountability. They are always ready to have difficult conversations when needed and they do this with an intention of making people grow.
Myth no. 2: Conscious Leaders Only Focuses On Organizational Cultures
In fact, conscious leaders aims to develop organizations that succeed in every way, meet the needs of customers and attract the best employees. Conscious leaders create organizational cultures that foster the engagement and loyalty of employees and customers. Employees feel more motivated to work in a company that has an inspiring vision and cares about their wellbeing and the needs of their customers and clients can't stop recommending such an organization.
Conscious leaders are committed to making a difference in the world and not just for their own organization and their attitudes and actions lead them to be the best players in their market.
The level of consciousness of the leaders has the most important influence on the performance of the organization.
Myth # 3: Conscious Leadership Is Only For Senior Managers
Leaders at all levels of the organization can become conscious leaders and have a positive influence on other leaders around them. Having conscious leaders throughout the organization, especially in customer service groups, is very important because conscious leaders create an environment that encourages employees to care about the needs of all stakeholders with equal importance.
Myth # 4: Conscious leaders do not care enough about profits
Many critics look at conscious leaders and think that they are too focused on having a social impact to the detriment of profitability. The truth is that conscious leaders have realized that creating an organizational culture where everyone can thrive is the best way to achieve exceptional results as employees rise to their full potential and are more productive and clients are loyal and keep buying from a company they love.
Myth # 5: Conscious Leadership is only about how we lead others
Conscious leadership certainly has a lot to do about how we lead others, but it is also about how we lead ourselves. Conscious leadership requires us to be present, genuine, honest, to listen, to consider the point of view of others, and to consider all the needs of all stakeholders in our long-term decisions.
Conscious leaders are accountable for their actions and see failures as learning opportunities for themselves and others. Like Olympic athletes, conscious leaders work hard to achieve a high level of personal mastery.
Adopting conscious leadership is the best way to create an exceptional organizational culture and achieve breakthrough results.
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