The conscious leader evolves issues.

He knows problems can be solved, while issues are more complex and can only be moved forward, or evolved. A machine breaking down is a problem. Improving production efficiency is an issue. Managers keep a business running by solving problems; leaders move it forward by evolving issues.

The conscious leader knows that issues are fertile soil for conflict, politics and disruption. He knows that when it comes to issues, people want their voices to be heard, and so he asks and listens. However, he is decisive and does not allow the committee to lead.

The conscious leader knows that all the capacities of being a leader – the visionary, the king, the warrior and the mother – are needed to evolve issues. The conscious leader decides which one is appropriate in which order, at which time.


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