Lessons Learned

About Conscious Leadership: how to engage your tribe/organization

The most important lesson

I have worked for over 20 years with in excess of 500 leaders and their companies.  By listening to their stories and those of their co-workers and stakeholders I have collected many valuable lessons. And today I am sharing those lessons with you. And the most important lesson is: it is all about YOU! You lead the company. You may have even founded the company. So your people are looking at you. They expect something from you.

What do they expect?

  • To lead them. To lead them with a vision that is clear, powerful and unwavering.
  • To involve them. To listen to them with an open mind. To listen for their insight, not for their blind acquiescence.
  • To choose. To make wise decisions and to explain your choices.
  • To trust them. To let them do their work, their way. They are professionals after all, and you hired them.
  • To inspire them. To make them want to be part of your vision. To make them want to be your ambassador.
  • To hold them accountable. To know that they have to give the best of themselves. As you do, all the time.

How can you be what your people expect?

  • Have a clear compass, consisting of your mission, your core values and your highest vision.
  • Practice what you preach, no matter what.
  • Lead from a position of trust in your people.
  • Raise your consciousness to enable you to zoom out and provide a different perspective.
  • Be wise and compassionate, whilst maintaining your boundaries and your vision.
  • Listen to your intuition and trust your gut.
  • Be authentic, vulnerable, open and honest.
  • Be fully present. To listen deeply, with all your senses.
  • Take full responsibility. Always. Don’t indulge your inner victim.
  • Stop trying to please people. You have a vision and what other people think doesn’t matter.
  • Lead from the inside out, guided by your personal compass, rather than from the outside in, guided by other people’s opinions.
  • Be courageous. Dare to be different. Dare to decide. Dare to slow down. Dare to come back on your decisions and admit that you were wrong.
All this is not for the faint-hearted. It requires courage, endurance and focus. And lots of self-reflection and humour. Just in case you need a sparring partner, trusted advisor or mentor, let’s talk!  
We need you. Now. Loving you,

Nicole