Time to Be a Conscious Leader
We’re in it now, folks. The global pandemic has made its way to us. As of this writing, we don’t know yet how deeply infected Americans are. California and New York are on mandatory “shelter in place” orders. Hopefully, the rest of the country will follow their lead soon. We do know that things will get much worse before they get better. It’s time to be kind. It’s time for conscious leadership.
When crises strike, the first human impulse is self-preservation. The limbic system kicks into overdrive. People do stupid things, like buying a five year supply of toilet paper. Yet they don’t think about a self-induced quarantine. But then, kindness begins to emerge. Some begin sharing their abundance of TP. Others check in on neighbors to see if they need anything. And others invent innovative new ways to deal with the crisis. In Silicon Valley, companies are scrambling to print new protective gear for health care professionals, as one example.
Foundations of Conscious Leadership:
There are three basic foundational things conscious leaders can do in times like this:
- It’s time to be kind. How can you extend kindness to loved ones, employees, and strangers? It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Simple, small acts of kindness go a long way. Set up a #kudos channel on Slack and start giving specific acknowledgments to people. What do you appreciate about each of your employees?
- Know that you’ll make mistakes. There’s no playbook for living through something as unprecedented as this. We’re making mistakes we don’t even know we’re making. We won’t know until we have the benefit of hindsight. Cut yourself some slack. Just do the best you can with what you have.
- Take good care of yourself. Follow the orders of flight attendants everywhere. Secure your oxygen mask before helping others. Be sure to get enough sleep. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Meditate, even if it’s only for ten minutes a day. Reduce your sugar intake. I know it’s not always easy, but it’s important.
You will feel anxious. Don’t ignore your feelings. But you also don’t have to feed the fear. Instead, focus on things that boost oxytocin. Watch a funny movie, snuggle your pets, and hug your loved ones. It’s time to be kind. Take the lead.
Johanna Lyman is the Founder and CEO of NextGen Orgs. She is a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach with over fifteen years of experience in implementing organization wide change strategies for both Fortune 500 companies and Small Businesses.
At NextGen Orgs, they use a combination of unique delivery methods and processes that crack the code on establishing lasting organizational behavior changes in a relatively short period of time. Their proprietary and evolutionary system can eliminate months of frustration often associated with developing strong leadership and building a cohesive, collaborative team.
Johanna is a professional speaker, available to speak on a variety of topics related to culture, communication, innovation, and leadership skills. She is the Board President for the Bay Area Chapter of Conscious Capitalism and is deeply versed in how to help businesses be a force for good in the world. Learn more (URL: https://www.nextgenorgs.com/about/). Contact Johanna at email@example.com