The conscious leader evolves issues.

He knows that 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.

He knows that managers keep a business running by solving problems; leaders move it forward by evolving issues.

He has learned that issues are fertile soil for conflict, politics and disruption. He has seen 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.

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

The conscious leader ensures progress by never confusing issues with problems.

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