In a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous – the VUCA World -, a leader can’t predict with certainty what’s going to happen next based on what’s happened in the past.
You, as a leader, must be pressured to take a position on social issues; being asked to work more collaboratively across functions; to learn to operate in networks of teams; to find answers to complex and unencountered problems; know how to deal with disruptive digital business models, augmented workforces, flattened organisations, and on ongoing shift to team-based work practices.
Leading in this new and complex world requires you to shift to a new way of being a leader.
It requires that you as a leader be more transparent, more connected, and more innovative in harnessing the human potential to find answers to complex and unencountered problems, to be more encouraging of collaboration between various stakeholders.
It requires you to leap leading your organisation more consciously.
A conscious leader not only takes into account the importance of financial results but mostly how those results are produced.
For that, a conscious leader:
- Empowers employees through values
- Engages customers as individuals
- Amplifies innovation with partnerships
In this sense, a Conscious leader can:
- Integrate perspectives into more complex pictures and wholes;
- Collaborate and unify the collective views of many different people, and;
- Think in systems;
- Contain seemingly contradictory information without feeling the need to get stuck on one position over another;
- Integrate multiple, apparently competing for positions, into new and innovative solutions;
- Build a culture of shared leadership, which leads to greater adaptability and collective capacity.
- These are critical qualities to deal with in our VUCA world.
Conscious leaders are leaders with a strong sense of self but that knows that we are not our thoughts and feelings about ourselves.
Conscious leaders are aware that identity/ego is just a construction and, being a construction, it doesn’t need to be defended as much.
Conscious leaders know that they can stop being the “brave leader” that has to have all the answers, feel the need to defend, to control, being right, and getting attached to one particular position.
All of these slows things down in a fast-paced, which is a big downfall in a world where agility is key.
Conscious leaders trust, not only on themselves, in others, but mostly in a Higher calling. That’s why they can relax and surrender their perspective on the world. This enables them to take in more, listen to others, accommodate contradictions and paradoxes, encourage collaboration, integrate perspectives, and unite the system.
Conscious leaders are the ones that pull others to become leaders because they are happy to decentralize control and distribute decision-making.
Conscious leaders use their intuition to go beyond rational thinking.
They trust that the answer will emerge from the wisdom of the collective, not only from themselves.
Conscious leaders look to integrate a variety of viewpoints is of great advantage in business, not only, in pursuing new forms of competition, but to release the power of business to have an impact for the greater good.
These types of leaders are the ones more adapted to the challenges of a VUCA world, mainly because they are not caught up by “personal glory”, but more by the way they seek to contribute to the world around them and make a positive impact.
AMARNA Consulting is here to help you to become a (more) Conscious Leader, that makes the difference, acts with significance, and promotes human happiness.
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