The conscious leader listens consciously.

He knows that listening requires presence, and presence requires practice. He loses presence when he listens to his own thinking; he gains it when he listens for his own thinking.

He notices when his own thinking starts up while the other person is still speaking. He is aware of how he starts to build his own argument inside his head and resists the temptation to speak over them.

Instead, when he sees himself doing this, he lets his thoughts go, and brings his attention back to the speaker. He trusts that when the time comes to speak, his words will come naturally and clearly from his own context of heart and mind, which he has already attended to, and made as clear as glass.

He makes his power to listen available and people feel heard, even if he does not always agree with them.

The conscious leader builds the muscle of presence through the practice of conscious listening.

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