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Having experienced burnout at almost every step on my career path, I’m grateful for the tools to lead from my calm, clear center when navigating conflict. I’m excited to share the conscious leadership model with you.
What is conscious leadership? Imagine a black horizontal line across the screen. At any point, a leader is either above the line or below the line. When leaders are open, curious, and committed to learning they are above the line and leading consciously. When leaders are below the line, they are closed, defensive and committed to being right.
Leaders who are reactive and tend to view the world as happening to me are leading from below the line. In “to me” leadership, leaders are constantly looking for externally factors or causes to blame. Leaders who choose curiosity and learning over a victim mindset are leading from above the line. Instead of asking “Why is this happening to me?” leaders who choose to lead from above the line ask “What can I learn from this?”
The point is not that good leaders are always above the line. As humans we get triggered and go below the line. Reflecting on my various leadership roles in nonprofits and startups over the past 20 years, I can think of numerous instances where I was defensive and committed to being right.
The key is to develop the self awareness to recognize when you’re below the line, and to have the tools and the willingness to shift. Choosing responsibility, letting go of blame, and opening up to curiosity are necessary to shift from below the line to above the line. Over the next series of blog posts I will delve into The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership starting with responsibility and curiosity which lay the foundation for shifting from “to me” to “by me” leadership.
Want to learn more about conscious leadership? If you’re in Reno, join us for our next Conscious Coffee Chat the first Friday of the month. Ready to go deeper? Sign up for our conscious leadership program in 2019. The year-long program includes reading assignments and educational sessions building on each of the commitments, plus individual coaching and a mastermind group for peer accountability and support in meeting your leadership goals.