Conscious Leadership: a practice not a destination

We have all heard that the answer to the question, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” is practice, practice, practice; but it’s not that easy. Have you ever tried to learn to play a musical instrument? If so, you’ll know how difficult that can be. So, what do you do? You find a teacher, mentor, or coach who can provide a path to success. Although Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall shown in the picture, or any other notorious music hall may be a destination to which we as musicians may aspire, it is the journey rather than the destination that can be most rewarding.

In our home growing up, we had a pedal organ, sometimes referred to as a pump organ or harmonium, requiring constant pedaling to pump air to generate the sound when the keys were pressed. This was eventually replaced with an electric reed organ, and ultimately with a modern electronic keyboard. While I was stumbling over the notes as I learned to read music, my mother would always say, “Practice makes perfect.” I gave up on perfection long ago but I’m still practicing!

In the same way, leading consciously requires practice. Although we may not become conscious leaders in all aspects of our lives, being attentive to the practices for leading consciously can support our journey towards conscious leadership. Whether it is learning relentlessly, living mindfully, exploring purposefully, speaking candidly, or any of the other practices for leading consciously, practicing the specific behaviors of aspiring conscious leaders, can change negative habits into positive habits. What you practice, you become. With practice we can shift from unconscious incompetence where we are unaware of our bad habits, through conscious incompetence, to conscious competence, and ultimately unconscious competence where our good habits become practices residing in our unconscious mind. Conscious leadership is a practice not a destination. Enjoy the journey!

Leading Above the Line

 

Conscious leaders respond mindfully to situations in ways that generate desired outcomes, often leading from above the line rather than below the line. You may already be familiar with the success formula advocated by Jack Canfield, author of the Success Principles: E + O = R or Event plus Response equals Outcome. How do you respond to situations and events Read more

Relentless Learning

We can all recall times in our lives when we experienced dramatic growth and learned something significant about ourselves or about life—an “aha!” moment. These moments often occur during challenging times or periods of adversity. One such moment for me was on a men’s wilderness journey, an expedition in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area within the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota, close to the Canadian border.

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Conscious Leadership Conversation

Conscious Leadership Conversation: Stephane Leblanc with Paul Ward: The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership.

Conscious leadership is gaining increasing visibility but what is conscious leadership? Yes, it is mindful awareness with responsible action but what are the practices of conscious leaders? This conscious leadership conversation begins to answer these questions.

Stephane Leblanc, Founder and CEO of the International Centre of Conscious Leadership is dedicated to being a catalyst for the transformation of leaders and organizations and the elevation of consciousness in business throughout the world. In this conversation, Paul and Stephan explore the evolution of the book, The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership, and some of the practices for leading consciously within the three themes of noticing what is going on, setting intention, and acting responsibly. To see the video, visit the Conscious Leadership Conversation.

Shaping our future as if we will live forever

Inspired by the movie, The Bucket List, and the song, Live Like You Were Dying, I hope this mantra of “Shaping our future as if we will live forever, yet living today as if we will die tomorrow” will serve as a guide for the new year. This mantra is from my soon-to-be-published book, The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership. The three major themes in the book are: noticing what is going on, setting intention, and acting responsibly. Read more

Quietening the Mind

Mindfulness is not about silencing the mind. You may have already discovered that silencing the mind is an impossibility. We can’t make our eyes not see or our ears not hear, and neither can we make our minds not think. Mindfulness is about noticing what is already there, observing thoughts and feelings, but not adding […]

Conscious Leader or Workplace Bully?

The choice of working for a Conscious Leader or a Workplace Bully appears at first sight to be a no-brainer. Who would choose to work for a workplace bully? Yet, according to Andrew Faas, author of The Bully’s Trap, bullying in the workplace is one of the biggest societal and economic issues we face. In […]

Setting Intentions for the New Year

Three conscious leadership practices for setting intention are: Exploring Purposefully, Thinking Possibility, and Committing to Action. How are you setting your intentions for the new year? In this blog post, I share a little more about conscious leadership practices for setting intention.

Awake at Work

Mindful leadership is about training the mind and being awake at work. Much of the current training for leaders is around acquiring skills and competences, about leading teams and managing change but, according to Michael Carroll, author of The Mindful Leader, mindfulness is about simply being here, being who we really are, and being at […]

Leading Above the Line

Conscious Leadership is a lifestyle, a daily practice, according to Diana Chapman, co-author of The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. In her Meet the Visionaries interview with Future Shapers co-founder, John Renesch, Diana Chapman explores the practices of conscious leadership with a wonderful energy and vitality. Diana says she practices her vitality but is also […]