Conscious Leadership Consciousness

What does being conscious mean?

Written by Charlie Efford

When I talk about being a conscious leader  it is easy to assume that all I mean is being an aware and perhaps a more sensitive leader. This is true but it doesn’t capture the full depth of what I mean. Let me explain.

For some, their thoughts and emotions are so engrossing that they completely identify themselves with their mind and the thoughts it generates. For others, there is a space between their thoughts and being aware that they are having  thoughts. It’s as though they can experience themselves  having  thoughts from a third person perspective. When you can see the thought or emotion for what it is, then you can choose how to respond. When you are at the mercy of your thoughts and emotions then usually you  have no choice. It is the difference between acting and reacting. Being conscious is really being in touch with the ‘awareness’ that experiences your thoughts and emotions in the first place.

Every human being has this consciousness, but many have not realised its presence yet. It is also linked to our spirit, higher self, soul, or whatever name you want to have for it . We are all connected through our consciousness and in turn we have access to a far greater intelligence than we each have alone.

The good news is that this wisdom and understanding is free and available to all.

Becoming a ‘conscious leader’ therefore means becoming a leader who is aware of this consciousness and then being  willing to operate from the wisdom and understanding it brings. This sounds really simple and it is.

There are some signs that you can look for when you are operating from your consciousness rather than your ego. I make reference to Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, at this point. He observes that there are three ways that consciousness can flow through you and into what you are doing. Through:

·         Acceptance – you might not like your situation but you consciously choose to accept things as they are in the moment.

·         Joy – you experience and find joy in what you do. When you are bored, irritated or really don’t want to do something then you are not acting from a conscious perspective – unless you are able to accept the situation.

·         Enthusiasm – when you are really in tune with and following your consciousness then you experience a power that is infectious and beneficial to all around you

If you are in a leadership position then it might well be worth looking at how much acceptance, joy and enthusiasm there is in your work. If you rarely experience any of these emotions then leadership might not be your way of contributing to the world.

If the opposite is true then you are probably following your vocation in life and leading consciously. Your challenge in our materialistic world is to create the conditions where those who follow you can experience their own acceptance, joy and enthusiasm in what they do best. I predict we will achieve even more amazing things when this happens.

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About the author

Charlie Efford


  • Great to wake up to your post this morning, Charlie! I enjoyed the simplicity and ‘gettability’ of your views, as I always do.
    Warm wishes,

  • Lovely article as usual Charlie. The third person perspective reminds me of the need to develop a third eye that watches over and observes what is happening to give a choice then of how to react.

    Must catch up soon.


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