The conscious leader encourages dialogue.

He knows that, no matter how good it sounds, there are always two sides to a story and he listens to both before he decides how to proceed. He is careful to encourage response over reaction.

He sees that dialogue fails when a person seeks to defend their own position by attacking the other person’s, or when one is covering up to save face. Such reactions are usually based on fear, or assumptions. They are self-serving.

He has learned that dialogue works when people are committed to understand, rather than to be understood, and when their desire is to serve the greater good, not just themselves.

He knows that dialogue requires real listening and that listening requires self-awareness, self-management, and self-control.

The conscious leader always finds himself with a high-performing team because he is always enabling dialogue.

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