What is Conscious Leadership?

Nowadays, companies aren't looking for leaders with an authoritarian or pushy leadership style. Instead, they’re looking for someone who has a holistic understanding about what it takes to build a happy, healthy workplace for everyone.
What is Conscious Leadership?

Last update: 11 March, 2019

Conscious leadership means knowing how to identify and assess all aspects of the workplace. It helps to keep everyone focused at the same time. This concept goes against the classic figure of the tyrant boss who only cares about maximizing profits.

Nowadays, some businesses are making an effort to focus on a different leadership style. Many companies are adopting a philosophy that seeks to avoid the collapse of natural and human systems that are in serious risk due to society’s irresponsibility.

What exactly is conscious leadership?

Being the leader of an organization isn’t a simple task. It requires a great deal of skill, time, and energy. As a result, many people who occupy leadership positions focus entirely on getting results and neglect their personal lives and their employees’ needs.

A team meeting at work.

A conscious leader, on the other hand, pays attention to every facet of the workplace and understands that they’re all important in their own way. They know that a healthy, happy workplace will lead to greater productivity and provide personal growth opportunities for all employees, including themselves.

This idea of conscious leadership is closely linked to the concept of mindfulness. This ability becomes especially relevant in the context of social responsibility because it allows leaders to be aware of changes in their surroundings and find the best way to interact with whatever is happening at the moment.

Nevertheless, conscious leadership is much more than being aware of the environment. It’s also very important for the conscious leader to take a look at themselves. According to this philosophy, no leader can be legitimately concerned about their employees’ well-being without being fully aware of their own needs and state of mind. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the conscious leader puts their needs above everything else. It simply means that they have to be able to identify with others’ needs in order to be sensitive to them.

Seven characteristics of conscious leadership

To give you a better idea of what conscious leadership is and how you can apply it, here are some of the most important traits a conscious leader should have:

1. Work and listen

Conscious leaders talk to their team and also listen to them. They understand the importance of talking as a group during meetings as well as one-on-one. This will allow them to have a deep understanding of what each individual needs as well as what they can offer.

2. Lead by example

It’s easy to tell other people what to do. However, if you really want your team to follow you, you have to be the first to set things in motion.

3. Encourage collaboration between coworkers

Competitiveness doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A certain degree of competition can actually enhance performance and camaraderie and help the team achieve individual and common goals. It’s also important to know how to manage conflicts that arise because they depend on each team member’s aspirations.

A boss using conscious leadership.

4. Carefully observe your surroundings

It’s important for a good leader to take action and be active. However, a conscious leader has the ability to take a step back and observe what’s happening around them from different points of view. This gives them the opportunity to see things differently, problem-solve, and brainstorm new ideas.

5. Practice transparent decision-making

A conscious leader should be assertive. They should know how to express their thoughts and instructions in an honest and simple way. That way, each member of their team will know what is expected of them. Their employees will feel confident and have a clear understanding of what they have to do.

7. Be aware of your own mistakes

This is probably one of the most difficult things to do, but also one of the most essential. A good leader has to be a guide and a reference point. However, they’re also human, and the whole team should be able to see that side of them.

As you can see, a conscious leader has many of the characteristics companies are looking for these days. They’re valuable because they’re able to fulfill specific goals while promoting a good work environment for their employees. They use setbacks as well as achievements as opportunities to bring the team together and remind them of their shared objectives.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.