In my Conscious Leadership in Action conversation with guest Eric Kaufmann we talked about his new book, Leadership Breakdown: How to break the vicious cycle, release the struggle, and succeed with conscious leadership.
Eric has made awakening and expanding the consciousness of leaders his mission in life. Eric says that what makes a conscious leader is not just waking up, opening your eyes and saying I am, but seeing the interconnectedness of all things, and holding all those variables in heart and mind as you make choices. That means extending beyond my ego, my sense of separate self and folding into it my co-workers, vendors, supply chain, my customers, my shareholders, my family, the family of my employees. What makes a person a conscious leader is the ability to expand that sense of self beyond the protection, beyond the greed, beyond the fear and to really include as much of life possible while making choices. A conscious being at choice, taking responsible action.
Eric describes his book as a journey through the applications of conscious leadership. He first addresses the question about why we need conscious leadership now, including the role that companies and businesses play in society, which is to say they’ve eclipsed religion and government as the shapers of human society. It is a mantle of responsibility cast upon leaders that they didn’t expect. Conscious leadership is then deconstructed into its elemental vectors or main parts followed by chapters describing how we apply various lessons and insights to soften the ego’s grip and be able to be more conscious.
The Conscious Leadership in Action conversation also includes Eric being exceptionally vulnerable in sharing his own leadership awakening and a beautiful meditation. To listen to the video podcast go to my You Tube channel and to preorder Eric’s new book, Leadership Breakdown, visit Eric’s Bookstore.
Podcast first released in February 2020.