The next evolution of leadership


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

We are at a critical moment in history. Many things are no longer working. When we observe what is going on in the world, we quickly notice the massive institutional failures occurring every day. It seems there is a serious lack of true leaders, serving the needs of the whole.

We feel there should be another way to lead, yet, we don't know what exactly this should look like. There are pockets of goodness here and there, but there does not seem to be a common global plan.

I am 52 and it seems to me that my generation has already seen several major changes that have deeply impacted humanity in an historical way.

One of these major event was the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1989 and with it end of the cold war system that had defined most of the 20th century.

Another major event was the collapse of the Apartheid system in South Africa.

Another is the rise of East Asia and China as the new global economic powerhouse.

Another is the exponential rise of technology. Some of the technology we take for granted every day such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, Amazon, Uber, Netflix, did not exist 15 years ago. 

We have seen major societal changes in our lifetime. Yet, the most profound change that will impact humanity is yet to come. The most important transformation of our lifetime is none of these.  

The most important shift to come is the evolution of leadership towards conscious leadership.

When we observe the current situations in the world, we can see that although there has never been more intelligence, more wealth and more technology before in history, humanity is facing its most important crisis of leadership and this crisis is a crisis of consciousness.

UN has declared that we probably only have two years to get our act together to avoid runaway climate change which would create a lot of suffering for many humans. 

Yet most business leaders and governments continue with "business as usual" leadership with a primary focus on economic growth, profits and wealth creation. 

Business schools still teach the traditional theory of leadership as very few of them teach the concepts of conscious leadership and in doing so, they are only perpetuating the current societal program.

This extreme focus on individual gains and the neglect of what is needed by the whole is accelerating the problems faced by humanity.

When looking at the significant impact that will result from runaway climate change, a scientist said it will take a miracle for humanity to wake up in time to avoid major environmental disasters.

Incremental change is no longer enough. Major transformation is necessary.

The time is now. We are already in overtime.

I am betting that in our lifetime, we will witness this next evolution of leadership.

A transformation to conscious leadership.

I am betting that humanity can transform itself and create a world where every living being can thrive.