November’s virtual Coffee & Collaboration was all about Conscious Leadership and what it means to be a conscious leader. It was a well-attended and great discussion with attendees sharing their experiences in the workplace with leaders who valued this philosophy and others who clearly did not, as well as their own experiences in leading.
C3MD President Liz Richardson posed some great questions like, “What is the difference between leadership and management?” Courage, bravery, holding the vision were all key to leadership; and the consensus seemed to be that one leaned toward concepts and one toward execution.
The meeting soon evolved into a mini-mastermind session of sorts as we debated what it takes to be a conscious leader. It was agreed that sometimes, leading by example is the best way to go about creating a change. This brought us to our next question: “Think of the ways you are currently finding yourself showing up as a leader. What has been challenging for you?”
Our conclusion from the meeting was this: you do not have to hold a supervisor or management title to be a leader in your life and workplace. We’d encourage you to give some thought to how you are showing up as a leader in your community/home/workplace. What has been challenging for you? How have you lifted others up?
As you ponder the questions above, here are some inspiring quotes — shared in the meeting — to contemplate:
“An effective leader is a citizen willing to do those things that have the capacity to initiate something new in the world” – Peter Block
“Collaboration is vital to sustain what we call profound or really deep change, because without it, organizations are just overwhelmed by the forces of the status quo.” – Peter Senge
“The responsibility of management is to create a system in which people will be successful.” -Edward Deming
Conscious Capitalism will be taking a break for the December holidays and resume meetings in February. Happy holidays! And, see you next year!
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