Being the Resolution | Committments of Conscious Leadership #15
As we conclude the series on the Conscious Leadership Group’s (CLG) commitments of conscious leadership, they encourage those motivated to become conscious leaders to then become the resolution – not the problem. Being the resolution also offers the opportunity to incorporate a variety of conscious leadership commitments previously covered.
Remember that conscious leadership operates above the line – being open, curious, and committed to learning. On the other hand, below-the-line leadership is closed, defensive, and committed to being right. The CLG also reminds us that the Four Ways of Leading model shows the states of consciousness leaders operate in as To Me, By Me, Through Me, and As Me and as leaders you want to focus first on the shift from To Me to By Me. Using that awareness, when you commit to being the resolution or the solution needed, you view what is missing in the world as an invitation to become what is required. Whereas if a leader operates below the line in a To Me mentality rather than committing to solutions, they respond to the challenges with apathy or resentment, doing nothing to look for solutions or resolutions – or they just assign blame to others.
This reaction is not unique as many leaders may have spent years solving problems, delivering results and pulling people along. They were probably doing this from a To Me consciousness and often from the mode of the hero as part of the victim-villain-hero drama triangle. Often done from a desire for approval, control and security as well as a belief that there is not enough, they may burn out and swing in the opposite direction to complete indifference. After all, operating from a To Me mindset and with a need for control along with a scarcity belief can be exhausting.
Conscious leaders see what is missing, but not from a view of lack or scarcity but rather as an opportunity. For example, when many businesses were turned upside down by the challenges of the last few years, rather than withdrawing into a To Me mentality of blame, conscious leaders saw the challenges as opportunities and focused on resolutions and solutions – after all, designers are problem solvers.
To practice this commitment, conscious leaders pay attention to their world at work or at home and allow something that is “missing” to come to their attention. Then they consider if what is “missing” is an invitation to which they have a “whole body YES” to accept. Not a responsibility or duty, but an invitation the universe is offering related to what they feel is “missing”. Making a decision to accept the invitation involves conscious listening to yourself and to your “whole body” to determine if you want to accept the invitation – then move forward and go and do.
Being the resolution incorporates the ability to live from several of the previous commitments of conscious leadership (see all of those linked below). As we become adept at moving from To Me to By Me consciousness, we begin to see everything in both our work and personal worlds as whole, perfect and complete just as it is. There is no lack. By mastering these commitments, conscious leaders are able to become the resolution and offer greater productivity, efficiency, grace and beauty – a true problem solver!