the art of conscious leadership

Imagine a world where we focus on becoming someone worth knowing, not someone well known.
— Nadine Blochberger
 

If we only follow the herd,

it is difficult to see the way we are heading

We live in a superficially made complex world. Our world is very competitive, and the constant ranking of people, actions and things -both by ourselves and others - can significantly lessen our perceptions of self-worth. We look to polls to measure popularity and approval, and assume the person with the higher scores is the better leader. As soon as someone is at the top he is not been seen as a problem anymore. He/She is white washed with success, someone narcissistic is considered normal. Success today is not determined by character or intention but only by role and function.

Only those people who perceive to have a strong inner motor to prove themselves, construct unhealthy competition and measure achievement through power get to the top. Our performance-based society fails to see that often these people are the ones with serious psychological problems and many successful people are damaged emotionally. They behave as if natural resources are infinite and humans can be used as products.

Yet it is so simple. This world is a bottom up culture, not a concept of top down. The fundamental roots of society, a company or a project must be strong and intact, otherwise the fruits on top are never healthy and delicious. Being a leader does not require a title, having a title does not make us one. Authority can never be asserted by sheer will, only by trust and recognition, that's true authority.

In this digital age where fame is mistaken for success the definition of leadership must be renewed. Do we need dictators? Leaders in the sense as we still know them and knew before?

Let’s face it. We live in a command-based system, where we have been programmed since our earliest school years to become followers, not individuals. We have been conditioned to embrace teams, the herd, the masses, popular opinion — and to reject what is different, eccentric or stands alone. We are so programmed that all it takes for any business or authority to condition our minds to follow or buy something is to simply repeat a statement more than three or four times until we repeat it ourselves and follow it as truth or the best trendiest thing. This is called “programming” — the frequent repetition of words to condition us how to think, what to like or dislike, and who to follow.
— Suzy Kassem
 

The biggest kept secret in leadership is to know

how to lead without leading

The challenge for leaders is to form a homogenous environment with respect for the dignity of the individual and at the same time including diversity. To build good relationships, healthy communities, with values, appreciation and care. Humans are like a huge ingenious network, each of us is like a puzzle piece and are good at many things by ourselves. But only through our connections with each other we will achieve our full exponential creative power and form a full picture. The paradox, the empowerment of the individual uniqueness is key to truly thrive as unity. And at the same time, we must ensure not to raise and educate a culture of more narcissist and selfish individuals. Leaders must master this balancing act, a new form of communication.

The need for change is inevitable. From hierarchy, the oldest form of leadership to synarchy. This transition can only be healed by love.

What do we mean by synarchy? It is a form of collective leadership and needs the elements of hierarchy, but without the ego. At the core is a higher ideal, where all members serve the ideal in their own unique way. It is the ability to draw others together and inspire them in a way that to collaborate with their individual potentials into a creative communion. To meet others on the same wavelength as ourselves creates a strong resonance, and it’s this resonance – this honey – that we call Synarchy. To be able to successfully lead and collaborate with others we need to lead ourselves first.

How does that look like? How do we lead ourselves if there is no hierarchy?

It is scientifically proven that our brains are naturally wired for self-organisation. This ability got supressed through our conditioned educational system. Still, there are people with leadership abilities in their genes. The question: how do they use it? For ego purpose or collective good? And we need people who guide us through this transition, at least for next few 100’s of years, otherwise we will create a tremendous chaos.

On an individual level we will walk our own unique path and pace and not what society dictates. But each community and company will have an advisor, a direction giver, which are equally stretched across the world. People with the ability to reflect, bring us together and foster diversity. We need an organic flow, smart processes and strategies, combined with wisdom and healthy collaborations. To design a place of trust and surrender control. A leader will have more of a role as a Mentor who creates space for others so they can be successful, they give choices and support autonomy. That will drive cultural change. We need generalist first before we hand over to specialists to solve problems.

True leadership, like true education, does not impose itself on anyone. It is the gift of being able to help others find their own way forward in life, rather than taking away their individual power. The way forward is moving from education to relation.
— Nadine Blochberger
 

our leadership core virtues and values

Art by Penabranca

Art by Penabranca

integrity

authentic presence. speak truth. devotion to mission. courage requires decisiveness. sincerity. solidarity and support. openness and candour. great commitment. honesty. self-awareness. mindful thinking and action. true to self. incorruptibility. humble follower.

Art by Penabranca

Art by Penabranca

insight

creation of value. bring diversity into synthesis. holistic impact. resourceful decisions. reflective intelligence. responsibility. living from inner authority. resonance. establish trust. respect. build relationships. embodied role model. great communicator.

Art by Penabranca

Art by Penabranca

intention

service to others. generosity. emotional awareness. creative originality. sees uniqueness as greatest asset. mindfulness. empathy. empowers others. react out of love. vulnerability. enthusiasm for purpose. playfulness. inspires fun. doing right things.