It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
As I am watching the campaigning on television for the Governor of Illinois where I currently reside, I am wondering about concept of conscious leadership. To give some background, in Illinois four out of last seven governors went to jail. We have a severe budget crisis due to budget stalemate that started in 2015 and went on for 793 days and finally ended in July 2017. Illinois was the first state to have credit rating go to “junk” status. State agencies have had to cut back on many essential services including healthcare for the people who needed the most care, which I experienced first-hand while taking care of my patients.
My question is, what makes a great leader? Is it education, wealth, charisma, power or strength? In my opinion, the 3 requirements for conscious leadership are personality, vision and values.
“A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”--John C. Maxwell.
In Bhagavad Gita (700 verse Hindu scripture which is part of epic Mahabharata), Lord Krishna gives teachings about being a conscious leader to warrior prince Arjuna after seeing his reluctance for fighting the battle of good against evil.
Vision of conscious leaders comes from the heart which results in “out of box thinking” or creative solutions which are relevant to all involved. Good leaders share their vision as a goal or focus and empower everyone to be a leader in their own way to achieve this vision by leaving all differences aside.
Values (Guidelines or teachings or codes of conduct)
Wisdom of the conscious leader’s teachings and values act as guidelines or roadmaps to achieve this common vision. Their values are heart-based such as unity, love, freedom and peace.
For example, Mahatma Gandhi united all Indians to achieve the vision of freedom of India from British rule by using values of Truth and Non-violence.
“In conflict between brain and heart follow your heart”--Swami Vivekananda.
In our personal lives conscious leadership can be practiced by making your heart (soul) in charge of your life over your brain (ego). For example, if your life was a car, your soul vision would be the destination on GPS, ego would be the chauffeur and your Soul would be the Master sitting in back seat giving directions to the chauffeur.
All of us have potential to be great leaders. In some ways we already are leaders in our families, workplaces and communities in small or big ways. My hope for my state, country and the world is to have conscious leaders in all fields, who work for betterment of humanity and our planet Earth.
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