Published 6 years ago.
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Today’s companies are being tasked with the impossible: How can we make money for our shareholders, pay our employees well, and positively impact the environment and society as a whole? The purpose of a business used to be specifically to increase value for the shareholders. While this still clearly holds importance today, there is a growing pressure to expand this value to all stakeholders, and the perception of value is changing. Consumers and investors are demanding that value be created by more than just profit, that it be created by authenticity, transparency and trust. Companies are being challenged to figure out how to do this. Every single industry needs to redefine how it operates in order to make the impossible possible.
In order for business at large to change to a more authentic, transparent and trustworthy way of operating, the people that contribute to business need to change in a similar way. Emotionally intelligent people are known to provide greater value to a company and are becoming more and more sought after in the hiring process. Emotionally intelligent individuals emanate authenticity, having bridged the gap between the self that they portray to society and who they truly are. This level of self-awareness does not develop naturally; it must be learned and can be learned at any age if there is a willingness and, of course, opportunity. Luckily, there are a growing number of leadership and consciousness programs available to individuals to help them get to know their deeper passions, strengths, motivations and ability to develop their emotional intelligence.
Over the last six months, I undertook the Passion Institute’s Conscious Leadership course. This program encouraged me to get to know my strengths, weaknesses, insecurities and habitual tendencies on a deeper level. I was being asked questions that I could only answer after some quality time with myself without distractions. Here are some of my key takeaways from this course:
The Conscious Leadership course was very beneficial to me, personally, but I encourage everyone do their own research into what will work for them. The importance here is that all of the qualities listed above are significant for any individual looking to become more authentic in his/her life. None of these qualities or habits develop overnight. It will take time, determination and a bit of discipline, because spending time with ourselves without distractions is not always comfortable. However, once we put in the effort and gain a greater understanding of ourselves, we can offer our best self to society, to our careers and to business at large.
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Business can’t successfully redefine itself until we individuals redefine ourselves. We all have a role to play in creating more authentic, transparent and trustworthy companies.
Published Oct 6, 2017 11am EDT / 8am PDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST