Conscious Leadership Coaching
‘Becoming a conscious leader is as easy as changing your mind.’
However, changing your mind is easily said and much more difficult to do, especially when you are inside the mind that needs changing.
Conscious Leadership Coaching is the specialized one-to-one and systemic executive coaching solution that expands your effectiveness as a conscious leader.
We know that leaders set the culture and role model it. They influence everyone throughout their organisation since everyone watches what the leader does. You lead from your level of conscious awareness and shape your organisation accordingly. Leading a conscious organisation requires a more highly evolved, integrated and conscious worldview. How have you developed your level of conscious awareness and mastered the way you lead?
Conscious Leadership Coaching is founded on the solid ICF-accredited consciousness coaching methodology and is designed specifically to create conscious leaders who run conscious businesses. This way of coaching combines two very powerful ingredients:
Conscious Leadership Coaching is, like any good coaching, a practical, measurable and future-focused coaching approach. We set inspiring and powerful contexts, determine key measurable behaviours for change and decide on the stakeholders who are most important to your development and who will feed into your changes. Some aspects of the approach borrow loosely from Marshall Goldsmith’s feedforward tool where leaders receive suggestions and ideas for change from their stakeholders, with one key difference: stakeholders in this sense means all your business stakeholders in your wider system, not just in your company. Conscious Leadership Coaching takes place at two levels simultaneously: it shifts you at the individual level, and it creates shifts in your organisation and the impact it is having on the wider system. Measurement points and stakeholder engagement continue throughout the coaching engagement until you have reached the results you want, at which point the coaching cycle ends or you might choose to begin another cycle that evolves you further.
It is not necessarily easy to be a conscious leader in any kind of organisation, traditional or otherwise. Even more difficult is the courageous and steady stance that you might need to hold in the face of challenges from more traditional colleagues, board members and shareholders.
It can be a tough call to hold the space for a more conscious organisation.
A conscious leadership coach is an invaluable ally to you in the important development of yourself as a conscious leader.
Conscious leaders are committed to their personal growth and development, and they recognize that they need to be an active participant in their own evolutionary process.
Conscious Leadership Coaching addresses questions such as:
How do you practice conscious self-mastery?
How do you relate to others consciously in order to lead them?
How do you ensure your employees are engaged and bringing their full selves to work?
How do you ignite their passion and spark their energy to innovate?
What does collaboration beyond competition look like in reality?
How do you increase your positive impact, and that of your organisation, on the world around you?
What does having a purpose beyond profit actually look like and how do you find it?
What is needed to become such a leader in the first place?
Conscious leadership is not only authentic leadership but being authentic is certainly a large part of being a conscious leader. The key difference is our ability to transform ourselves and the way we think. We can know ourselves inside out and be very authentic in the way we express this, but being a conscious leader takes this one step further: we need to have a self-transforming mind and be able to step back from our own ways of seeing the world whilst changing and evolving these very ways. View a fascinating talk on the self-transforming mind by Professor Robert Kegan here.
At the same time, greater authenticity of being enhances a conscious leader in the following ways, which can be developed through Conscious Leadership Coaching:
Awareness of your personal strengths and weaknesses
Knowing your values
Managing your emotions and self-mastery
Empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence towards others
Courage to act for what is right
Increased integrity and earning the trust of others
Being genuine, congruent and consistent
Knowing and sharing your life story to enhance your leadership impact
As a conscious leader, you get to ask yourself:
What is my authenticity in service of?
Plugging into the Collective Intelligence of your Organisation
Your organisation is teeming with life, and yet very often we are constrained by the idea of ourselves as the ‘positional leader’. Conscious Leadership Coaching helps you to shift from heroic to post-heroic leadership. This means becoming an egoless leader, someone who builds bridges between the various corners of your organisation, redefines competition and encourages collaboration across boundaries in order for the collective intelligence of everyone to be drawn upon. Doing this gives a massive injection of energy to the innovation your organisation is capable of. Conscious leaders get to practice reciprocity-based innovation, asking: ‘What is the value that can be created for the widest possible range of stakeholders – and how do we collaborate to get there?’
“Reciprocity-based innovation will be, I think, the biggest innovation opportunity in history.”
Bob Johansen, author of Leaders Make the Future and The Reciprocity Advantage
Finding your Purpose and Taking a Stand
Conscious leaders are motivated by a sense of service to something greater than themselves. They are the outliers who want to link their personal purpose to their organisation’s purpose and who hold the line in finding a different way, one that promotes long-term sustainability over short-term gain and benefit to the majority over benefit to the minority. This is not easy in the face of challenge from more traditionally-minded colleagues, clients and shareholders pushing for short-term results.
Conscious Leadership Coaching helps you to ask the big questions, such as:
- What are the stands I am most inspired to take?
- How does this relate to my personal purpose?
- What do I want to see becoming a reality in my organisation or in the world?
“My catalyst is the inability to ignore something that I can affect.”
Ibrahim Al Husseini, Full Cycle Energy Fund
Holding the Space
What does it mean to give up tight control of your organisation, to allow it more freedom to self-manage, to trust? As leaders we are caught up in the expectation to deliver results and control outcomes, yet the complexity of our organisational lives means that we cannot figure out all the answers and we have to let go, at least to some degree. Conscious Leadership Coaching helps you grapple with this most thorny of leadership challenges and helps you find the ways in which you can be the hands that hold the space for your organisation, rather than the puppeteer who controls and orchestrates it.
“In my life I have two time frames: right now – plus or minus two weeks – and a thousand years.
In this way, I do the things that are practical right now, but I do them in the
context that if everybody were to do this for a thousand years,
the world would end up a much better place.”
Tom Chi, former Head of Project Experience, Google X
Leading Conscious Millennials
As a leader you will know the challenges of successfully engaging and leading the next generation. Conscious Millennials are born with the human upgrade already in place and they have even higher expectations of their leaders. What does it take to lead these Millennials successfully? Conscious leaders of today’s companies have a responsibility to help nurture and develop this incredible talent, and usher in a more responsible and conscious form of leadership for the future. Old-fashioned leaders, who adopt a cardboard cut-out approach to leading with predefined borders, will have their Millennial generation feeling bored and seeking stimulation elsewhere, probably on social media, or outside the company.
“We have a responsibility to help pave the way and mentor the Millennials so that when they come into leadership they have an entirely different value system and vernacular. Millennials are inherently wired to want purpose, and not just have a job to make a pay cheque. As leaders, we are helping to take that energy and fold it into business and develop them as strong leaders and innovators in the world of commerce.”
Laura Roberts, CEO of Pantheon Enterprises
Are you inspired by the possibilities of Conscious Leadership Coaching for yourself,
your teams or your organisation? If so, get in touch with us to explore what Conscious Leadership Coaching can do for you.
“The only choice we have is between conscious evolution and unconscious evolution. Unconscious evolution is the default choice. It is going to happen whether you sign up for personal evolution or not. Signing up for conscious personal evolution makes the process so much easier and successful. If enough people sign up for their own personal evolution, we have the possibility of accelerating the evolution of the consciousness of humanity.
Richard Barrett, The New Leadership Paradigm