Path to Self-Leadership 1: Conscious Awareness
The modern man, going through crisis and change, can develop under the guidance of conscious guidance. Consciously aware, a person works on competencies that will help him adapt to changing dynamics. It aims to offer the person a different experience and point of view, increase focus, be creative, strengthen emotional intelligence, and develop clarity.
What is conscious awareness?
Mindfulness comes from the Sanskrit word sati: the practice of actively focusing on the present moment. When we are fully present and able to keep space for our thoughts and feelings without judgment or compassion, several things happen. The first; We begin to access our inner resources and intelligence in a way that we cannot do when our mind is overactive, stressed or busy. In this case:
- We make decisions faster and more intuitively.
- We develop more resilience to bounce back from problems and challenges.
- It is easier for us to find creative solutions.
- We can break old patterns of unhealthy behavior.
- In short, we tap into our innate creative life force that pushes us to reach our full potential.
Last; mindfulness develops deeper levels of self-acceptance and self-compassion, which we can then radiate to others. This provides a powerful inner transformation, especially for relationship leaders who have traditionally sought to acquire these qualities intellectually and outwardly.
How do leaders benefit from mindfulness?
Ultimately, our greatest asset as self-reliant leaders is our self-awareness, which paves the way for self-mastery. Imagine a sailboat with more than one hole in the sail. He moves slowly, painfully, with a creak, but cannot use the full force of the wind and waves. Leadership is like this ship. If we do not plug all the holes that are vital, creative, draining our life force, we will not be able to easily and quickly move forward towards our goals. We can turn off everything that consumes our energy and time so that we can lead with intent, integrity and true power through mindfulness.
The mindfulness map presents a two-pronged approach to mindfulness and leadership that includes the following areas of awareness: present moment awareness and awareness of beliefs and perceptions.
1. Awareness of the present moment
Being aware of the present moment helps with our preconceptions about:
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Time management
- Flexibility and agility
- Conscious communication
- innovation and creativity
2. Awareness of beliefs and perceptions
Mindful leaders in the business world, on the other hand, are aware of beliefs, perceptions, and prejudices, and can incorporate the following sought-after characteristics into the corporate culture they lead:
- Values and Purpose
- empathy and compassion
- Conflict resolution
- Gender equality
- Diversity and Inclusion
Mindful leaders embody a type of conscious leadership that inspires through conscious action, choice, and presence. They become catalysts. They create the effect of ripples that drip around them.
To paraphrase Gandhi’s words: “Managing ourselves with conscious awareness allows us to become the change we want to see in others.”
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