As a conscious leader, you are equipped to self-manage and self-regulate your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. Why does this matter? For starters, it makes it much easier to influence these same qualities in those you lead! Conscious leaders have taken the time, and responsibility, to become skilled in integrity, authenticity, and accountability. As a result, your actions and decisions follow suit. Not to mention, you inspire your team to hold themselves to these same standards!
With all of that in mind, it’s pretty easy to see why being a conscious leader matters. What might not be so easy, however, is cultivating these skills in yourself. But it’s most certainly not impossible.
To start, take a look at these three ways to be a more conscious leader.
All too often, as leaders we’re hyper-focused on those we lead. But this can’t come at the cost of not being aware of our own self-awareness. The fact you’re here reading about how to be a conscious leader shows you’re well on your way!
Next, I also encourage you to go on a journey of getting to know yourself even better. One example is identifying your triggers. (Here’s how) Once you’ve done this, you’re better able to “check yourself” and your reactions in times of stress or disruption.
With a better understanding of what makes you tick, how you work, and your strengths and weaknesses, this self-awareness will seep into every aspect of your life and make you a more conscious leader and being.
Many leaders struggle with leading with their head when their heart wants to take over, or vice versa. Often, we worry that if we lead with our hearts, we won’t garner the same respect from our team. The problem is, if you override what your heart wants in business and in life, you’re negating what your deep inner knowing and consciousness is telling you.
The good news is, you can lead with your heart and be respected (I cover how in this post) and it will also make you a more conscious leader at the same time!
It’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurial life. Before long, you might have lost touch with yourself and the impact you have on those you lead. This is why regular check-ins are critical! Not only do they keep you accountable to yourself, but they also help you identify any issues before they become bigger problems.
This is also where it helps to have someone else hold you accountable to your words and actions. An accountability partner or coach can bring things back into focus when you’ve lost touch with your focus on being a more conscious leader.
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