Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Successful Leaders Operate beyond their Conscious Mind

It's all about the balance between conscious and subconscious, and to be able to manage them or let them flow.

Leadership is about future. The spirit of the organization comes from the top. Usually, the thoughts and mindset of leaders have a way of permeating to other people. This creates a positive culture that radiates outwards and influences how clients, suppliers and other stakeholders experience the organization. It can also overcome stagnation and boost growth and have other positive effects as well. So how does a successful leader think? Do they operate beyond the conscious mind?

Sometimes leaders act on "gut feeling."Gut feel isn't a random loose arrow. It's an internalized knowledge that has developed through theoretical knowledge, practical experience and life experience that guides the gut feel, so that we intuitively know the right decision. Wisdom is also part of this, the integration of lessons, experience and knowledge and the will to apply it to the benefit of the stakeholders. The sentiment that the subconscious mind has a role to play in all that we do, including how we lead. However, it's important not to overthink these things as we can often mistake subconscious acts, gut instinct or intuition for what actually make decisions based on a whole lot of things; we've learned over many years on a conscious level that has changed the way and rate we respond to situations on a more subconscious level.

It's all about the balance between conscious and subconscious, and to be able to manage them or let them flow. Trust to your subconscious feelings, but the most difficult hurdle to overcome is to believe that they're the right one and that the balance is in the middle, as always! For example, is intuition and gut feeling solely located in the subconscious? Some would argue that intuition and gut feeling can arise from the conscious mind, but their formation is complex, nuanced and cannot be rationalized and articulated. This is being the case. The sentiment of trusting your intuition is spot on, but attempting to break it down into conscious, and unconscious etc., consistently leads to a perspectival minefield. Such breakdowns seem necessary, as people seem to be suspicious of a simple proposition such as trusting your intuition or gut feeling, even though most people's experience lead to them feeling or knowing there is some rightness to it.

Integrating a profound leadership strategy must begin with the inner-self: When we dig deeper in ourselves the questions arise - Who am I? Why am I here? Where do my thoughts come from and so on? When we get some answers to these questions and get some clarity, it helps us in identifying our purpose, which instills action to serve the purpose and is perceived as leadership for our cause, and moving into embedding distinctive attitudes and behaviors around the norms. Many leaders operate well beyond their conscious mind. They have learned to trust their intuition, gut-feelings and operate well beyond their rational minds. They know it’s important to create positive mental pictures of what they want to achieve before they start. They make this picture as big as they can. In the end, you will become what you walk. Most importantly, if put it into practice in daily life and that you will continuously learn about who you are and what is the meaning and purpose of life. You connect with nature force that drives you forward-even if you can't see it.

Let us be who we are, what we exemplify and how we walk the talk. We must not live in fear of the world view. The good news is that it is possible to reprogram the parts that are stopping us from living a life that we truly came to live on this planet. The life's challenges and other priorities derail us at times from our true desire, but the key is to acknowledge it and get back to the core desire. That is the path to collaborative contribution and universal happiness that lasts much longer.


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