Conscious leadership is a critical element
Their vision far extends beyond their immediate to-do lists for the day. When approaching things this way, conscious leaders automatically create a reliable and robust culture of trust within the organization, which has a tremendously powerful impact on morale and by extension, productivity. This high level of consciousness and self-awareness, though rare, is achievable through practice.
What keeps most leaders from doing what they were meant to do? Mainly, to think and act strategically is the so-called reaction trap. It is a natural process that affects most of us, in a sort of fight or flight response. Instead of focusing on the larger picture, people react to all kinds of ‘distractions’ such as phone calls, emails, meetings, the daily to-do list, and all sorts of other such interruptions.
These reactions are activated by the lower and most primitive part of the brain, obscuring the mind from looking at the bigger picture. The prefrontal cortex, or the part of the brain that separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom, needs to be ‘exercised’ to avoid falling into this trap mentioned above.
Breathing plays an incremental role to break this reaction cycle and achieve a higher state of consciousness. Most of us go through much of our lives without being aware of breathing with awareness. It exercises the part of the brain that nurtures creativity, allowing people to become aware of their entire selves – mind, body, and the inner self.
When a higher level of consciousness is achieved, people can transcend the reaction trap and begin focusing on what’s truly important – generating outcomes. It implies conscious choices, setting boundaries, and slowing down enough to manage one’s priorities and think about decisions.
Understanding your, so-called, ‘gut feelings’ is yet another benefit that comes with proper consciousness and self-awareness. And when it comes to leadership, it is genuinely an important skill to have.
So, How to Achieve It?
As we’ve mentioned before, it’s all about the breathing. We call it ‘Respire.’ Whenever you have the time, or before a meeting, try this exercise to enhance your senses. First, stand up tall, close your eyes and relax. Inhale and count to four, then exhale and count to eight. Repeat this procedure several times and notice the sensations that happen in your body.
The technique will help you feel more relaxed, focused, and aware. It allows you to better tackle unexpected situations with more calm and clarity than ever before. Practice this concentrated breathing technique, enough times, and it will become second nature. You will have achieved complete self-awareness, allowing you to channel both your body and mind into your work.
In the end, we need to use technology to become successful in this day and age, but it’s the way we use our minds and bodies that will indeed allow us to achieve our maximum potential.
Question to reflect: are you a conscious leader?