The conscious leader listens.

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. In other words, he listens out for when his own thinking starts up while the other person is still speaking: how he starts to build up his own argument and, instead of listening, looks for a gap to blurt it out. 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.

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


Conscious leaders learn listening through leadership coaching. Contact Neil.