Conscious Leadership – How Successful Conscious Leaders Overcome Resistance
Conscious Leadership Scenario:
You’re well on the way to achieving your organizational goal through an extremely thought out vision, but something unexpected happens (imagine that). A cost overrun or a production delay. Vendors and Suppliers are confused. Customers become unhappy. Employees start complaining as the problems pile up. Your senior executive leadership team is waiting patiently for you to steady the ship and provide guidance.
We’ve been in the game way too long to know that resistance to your vision—both internal and external—is perfectly normal and expected. You’re feeling tired and discouraged and you’re pushing your team too hard. You’re setting expectations that you know can’t be accomplished- driving morale into a deep dark hole. Your communication to the organization is becoming vague and compounding the problem-ensuring you miss every mark. Shareholders and stakeholders are growing impatient. Sound familiar? (lol…smile…breathe…it’s going to be okay.)
Negative Affect on Culture and Organizational Performance:
Key leadership and their shareholders want to quit.
Employees are losing their work/life balance spiraling morale in a negative direction.
Your organization is losing the courage and confidence that you worked hard to establish.
The customer loyalty and trust with your customers is dipping too low levels.
Your team loses faith in your leadership ability and starts to pull away from your strategic vision and then begin to resist the change needed to affect successful business outcomes.
Conscious Leadership Solution:
We’ve identified the three essential tools you need to overcome resistance to your vision.
1) Courage: Vision begins with a burst of inspiration- it’s exciting! Then the internal and external resistance starts to churn.
The Top Transformational Leaders act or the vision dies-this requires courage. Always keep in mind that courage never feels brave. When you’re pursuing something BIG, risks exist. A lack of confidence starts to creep into your mind, and you start to think about quitting. This is the time to summon the courage and move forward.
Vision success is being vulnerable. This means connecting with your heart and sharing your heartbeat with those resisting your corporate vision. Making friends with this vulnerability makes the road to conscious leadership much easier.
2) Tenacity: The resistance to quit. When you face internal and external resistance, stay with it by bringing your focus back to your vision. A) Refocus on what you wanted to accomplish and resurface the, “Why.” B) Uncover what is undermining your confidence. C) Remember, nothing goes unopposed. Resistance is expected.
3) Integrity: Conscious Leaders take total responsibility for their employee’s and customers’ experiences. You’re responsible for making this experience excellent. Never take a shortcut that may compromise your integrity.
Maintaining your integrity becomes the LIFT that drives your team forward. Proving to your customers you stand behind your vision-making good on your word.
Remember, new opportunities and experiences can be just as exciting as they are scary. Growing through the insecurities is what shapes you into a confident conscious leader. You just have to continue practicing the right habits.
So, at Thomas & Taylor Partners, we are here to help. For us, our purpose is leadership for a better world, and we are here to help you in showing up as the leader you need to be. We are here to support you globally. We are on this journey together. This is an invitation; an invitation to join us in creating a collaborative movement: the movement that is leadership for a better world.