As you are aware, my development as a leadership coach has recently taken me to the study and application of Conscious Leadership. Here is what I am learning.
Conscious leaders continually ask themselves over and over,
Using the simple tool of a horizontal line, at any moment, all people and all leaders are either ABOVE the line or BELOW the line. This is how we are being with what is occurring in our life right now.
The authors of 15 Commitments of a Conscious Leader book suggest that 98% of leaders spend 95% of their time below the line.
When we are above the Line, we are open, curious, and committed to learning. When we are below the line, we are closed, defensive, and committed to being right.
So, stop right now and ask yourself,
Typically, when people are below the line, they believe certain things about the world.
Here is a quick self-check. (Tools like these should always be approached from the perspective of self-awareness, never for self-judgment.)
When you look back on the past twelve months, can you identify and describe evidence of personal growth?
Any life events and or milestones you have celebrated?
What is your greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months?
Have there been any changes in you that have fascinated or pleasantly surprised your family, friends, or co-workers?
What have you learned?
Which books have you read? (Any you would recommend?)
What skills have you improved?
Is there anything improved about the way you think?
Is there anything better about the way you use your time or are you just busy being busy?
Any starts and stops? What are you staying committed to?
Is there anyone you owe a phone call to?
Is there anything better about your financial picture or the way...