• Susan Pattis

How to Define Conscious Leadership?(Part I)

Updated: Jan 2

We are used to admiring a leader who has charisma, communication skills, influence, and vision to inspire people for a specific purpose regardless of whether it is a nation, a company, or a community. In today's incredibly complex world, we need to shift our consciousness from outmoded leadership models to a new style of leader who has highly conscious thinking ability and influencing power in this new era. Traditional leaders' attention focuses on the marketplace, industry, competition, the people, society, and potential crises. Conscious leaders search for new aspects of human reality, unfamiliar realms, philosophical activities, and the truth about the world and the universe.

Highly conscious leaders are personally responsible for self-awareness, transcendent perspective, and sacred service covenant. Conscious leadership is not a status, a title, a job, or a personal character. Conscious leadership originates within oneself, not from outside oneself. Conscious leadership is a belief about the universe and the personal relationship with all that is. Conscious leaders hold the characters of compassion, gratitude, grace, elegance, stewardship, harmonic relationship, calm, happiness, authenticity, and consciousness. Conscious leaders always walk in the mindful and physical domain concurrently while being grounded with reality and satisfied in personal life. Conscious leadership is the master key to sustainability and success.

In today's global economic environment, many organizations spend a lot on change programs to achieve different outcomes, but most of these programs fail. Organizations constantly introduce new tools, methods, systems, structures, and cultures, but they only change the way to implement the same old thought patterns. Business leaders never know the root cause of the symptoms without tapping into the consciousness of their motivations, values, thoughts, and behavior. Therefore, conscious leadership is the best solution for organizational transformation and sustainability.

According to neuroscience, an average human has over 60,000 thoughts daily of which 95% are repetitive. Habits very much drive people. A thinking pattern is an unconscious decision, just like flying on autopilot most of the time. To make more conscious decisions, humans must accept that we are unaware of our repetitive behavior. Consciousness determines the quality of thoughts for intelligent decisions. Highly aware leaders always know to operate their consciousness to access new levels of intelligence and creativity.

Due to Covid-19 impacts, governmental regulations, and global competition, business executives experience psychological threats and pressures. Many corporate leaders fail to access their full intelligence to deal with the new challenges; they unconsciously react on autopilot. Most successful leaders are conscious about their inner state of mind before making important decisions. They know how to access their full intelligence even under threats by moving their focus from protection mode to growth opportunities.

People are the valid drivers of a successful business. Understanding people is the most critical skill of intelligent leadership. How can we lead the change by anticipating the future? Is it possible to reach the full potential of our expertise? How can we make the right choice under threats or pressure without knowing all the facts? Most business leaders are good at problem-solving but do not genuinely understand people.

A company's future success depends on growing beyond our current limits by consciously knowing ourselves inside out and discovering our purpose and core motivation extensively. Business leaders and management teams must consciously change their mindset to create future strategies in a complicated and interconnected world because consciousness is the source of all thoughts and ideas. The critical success factor for a sustainable business in the future is the ability to search inside consciously, first as an individual, then collectively as a group, or as the entire organization.

To Be Continued.