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The Conscious Lifestyle: A Leader Must Know What to Do

Category:  Consciousness

Written by Deepak Chopra, published by Linkedin

A leader must be action-oriented, turning his decisions into plans. Because of their inner drive and ambition, most would-be leaders have no problem with this part of a leader's role. But the sequence of steps that leads up to the actual doing must be fully mastered; otherwise, action becomes erratic and unreliable. All important actions follow the same template.
The Conscious Lifestyle: A Leader Must Know What to Do
The Anatomy of Action

1. A challenge presents itself.

2. The situation is assessed.

3. Consultation is called in.

4. A decision is made.

5. Action is taken - there is something to do.

6. A result is achieved.

7. Responsibility for the result is accepted.

What makes action far more difficult in the real world than any model can indicate is that all seven steps are generally present at the same time, because challenges don't arrive in a neat linear sequence like boxcars on a railroad track. Every day is filled with things to assess, decisions to make, advice from consultants, and so on. Old decisions come back to haunt you, and new challenges always come with the burden of old results.

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It is this constant overlapping and merging that makes leadership so human, because you can't rely on a simple formula for action. Anyone who reads the biographies of great generals or captains of industry quickly realizes that the "fog of war" could be called "the fog of leadership" just as well. It takes consciousness to negotiate your way through murky situations. In most situations of great importance, this comes down to group consciousness - a leader with a good team behind him has a better chance of arriving at the right action in time to make a difference.

But nothing replaces individual awareness, so you will benefit yourself if you look closely at the seven steps of action, with an eye to maximizing each one. At business school, where the standard procedure is case studies, the advantage of hindsight, which exposes the fatal flaws or great astuteness of action plans, is offset in the real world by the fog that surrounds every situation, no matter how clear-cut it may seem.

What can cut through this fog? See every situations as feedback that centers on you, then on the challenge, and finally on the group. Ask these critical questions:

Is the feedback mostly positive?

Am I being realistic?
What are the hidden factors that need to be exposed?
What am I reluctant to see?
What do I feel anxious about?
Where is resistance coming from?
Am I centered?
How well have I calculated risk and reward?
What will my decision look like a year from now?

If you know the answers to these questions, first as applied to yourself, then to the challenge at hand, and finally to your team or group, the action you eventually take will avoid the worst aspects of bad decisions, which are impulsiveness, hidden traps, a reluctance to face reality, and ego attachment. Those bad qualities exist in famous catastrophes from Napoleon's invasion of Russia to the fall of Lehman Brothers. In every case the failure was preventable only at the top level of leadership. It wasn't external chaos but internal confusion that led to disaster.

Yet even minor decisions come down to the same thing, an ability to cut through the fog of the situation by cutting through the fog in your own awareness.

Top comments

  • great article:)Helpful and logical

    Linda // 2013-03-19 21:26:08 // //
  • I am always in awh when I stumble across a reading our yours that hits home. I have your book superbrain, by I haven`t been able to start it. I know the time will come when I am supposed to read it. Today I bought a book on Chakra Frequencies that you endorsed on the back which is what made the decision for me to buy this one. I am Meditating with you daily and I truly love it. Thank you C

    Cindy // 2013-03-19 22:41:12 // //



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  • Deepak, makes perfect sense, esp about the why leaders fail too. Sad enough they don´t always admit. Politicians are infamous for it and your last desaster scenario is on point. Thanks.

    Bill_Dominic // 2013-03-30 17:23:44 // //
  • like raymond!

    Margaret Convie // 2013-03-26 11:44:30 // //
  • thank you for this indispensable vision into every aspect of a decision we are to take on day to day basis.

    roma // 2013-03-26 04:37:05 // //
  • ALL LOV333

    Mariana Casillas Zuluaga // 2013-03-26 01:52:20 // //
  • Brilliant!!!!!!!!!

    Zoica Schroder // 2013-03-25 14:26:39 // //
  • Brilliant

    Iron Horse Crow // 2013-03-25 11:48:53 // //
  • So simple and clear ! Thanks ❤

    Antonella Ferrari // 2013-03-25 10:54:38 // //
  • You are right

    Soemintradebie Gajadin // 2013-03-25 07:13:22 // //
  • Thanks

    Deepak Singh // 2013-03-25 06:20:33 // //
  • I will remember these circles well...

    Lanena Miler // 2013-03-25 04:45:23 // //
  • okay

    Ardan Rodrigue // 2013-03-25 00:27:13 // //
  • Thanks Dr. Deepak. Every time you put out something for us, its like meeting you in person and getting in touch with that blessed and higher vibration. Thanks again for getting connected to your inner light to radiate light, and compassion for fellow beings.--- Love & Light

    Alishah aka Shah // 2013-03-24 23:56:12 // //
  • right on

    Betty Theiler // 2013-03-24 22:09:07 // //
  • Thank you! Navigating your way through intricate financial and real estate assets can be daunting for even the most knowledgeable people.

    Project Inspiration // 2013-03-24 20:35:49 // //
  • Celebrate, Action oriented, Ask for feedback!!! My favorites.

    Rita Middleton Baugh Nunley // 2013-03-24 20:19:40 // //
  • ...this graphic just became my "Desktop Background",...a system to live by!

    Carlos Cardenas // 2013-03-24 20:17:45 // //
  • I like that celebrate is on here.... we seem to forget this one.

    Melissa Mooney // 2013-03-24 20:05:52 // //
  • I like it.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-03-24 20:04:41 // //
  • just had a Jeet Kune Do, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, and strength training sessions (3hours), this afternoon with two of my bros!

    Ernie TheFbphilosopher Brewer // 2013-03-24 19:58:59 // //
  • Nice analysis. One thing I have been thinking about is how useful case studies are or rather how much relevance should I give them? I am all for best practices but for new, emerging or complex issues case studies are a tiny context if at all for my work. Process problems lend themselves to case studies...certainly, no one will make the mistake Knob Creek Whiskey made by changing the decades old recipe to create better brand differentiation and there is something to learn from this...but for most of my vexing challenges case studies and best practices are limited.

    Ananda // 2013-03-24 19:56:43 // //
  • Thanks, Deepak!

    Jackie Lopez Lopez // 2013-03-24 19:52:39 // //
  • Thank you, Deepak. Leaders are consistent and effective doers!

    Keith Vaught // 2013-03-24 19:39:52 // //
  • Sukriya

    Pedro Prudencio // 2013-03-24 19:24:41 // //
  • HIS??????

    Jamie Jackson // 2013-03-24 19:17:02 // //
  • Thanks I`m a fan

    Carmen Duarte // 2013-03-24 19:16:41 // //
  • HIS decisions?????

    Yvonne Knoos // 2013-03-24 19:15:32 // //
  • thankyou

    Hugh Casey // 2013-03-24 19:11:59 // //
  • Yes. Just say yes.

    Carolyn Caple Moor // 2013-03-24 19:06:06 // //
  • Looks like a geogram

    Joan Muhme // 2013-03-24 19:05:03 // //
  • Namaste...

    Carla Nascimento // 2013-03-24 19:04:49 // //
  • Thank you

    Margareta Margarita // 2013-03-24 19:03:51 // //
  • thank you namaste

    Sandra Ghosheh // 2013-03-24 19:02:44 // //
  • Por favor venga lo antes posible, necesito poner en practica estas ideas y su ayuda es fundamental... sin usted no podría!!!

    Dra. Johanna León // 2013-03-20 14:47:14 // //
  • Good Stuff!

    Cindy Gum-Tomasik // 2013-03-20 09:28:31 // //
  • Correct Action with respect and a knowledge of Karma and Dharma always helps to keep in track. These concepts have existed but due to unscrupulous greed and the desire to pamper the ego, the mass diverts from the right path. Real Leaders are handful in todays TIME. To say what ought to be said is now coined as rudeness.

    Pratima V Bungsee // 2013-03-20 08:39:57 // //
  • The line, it's not external chaos but internal confusion, happens so often but it's always so much easier to blame it on the vagueness of random chaos and not be responsible for the existence of the confusion!

    Angela Marchetti // 2013-03-20 08:31:34 // //
  • I have to agree using consciousness in business is most useful. Being aware what is going on makes all the difference in the world! Specially noticing what goes on inside you (thoughts, feelings and ability to use your mind/awareness or noticing loss of awareness as feelings take over), and how your action is reflected by others. If your awareness is already so good that you are able to track also outside situation at the same time - you have biggest advantage on the action field. You collect info (how I am, how situation is) and decide and act. And as you are correct, you also take responsibility for the outcome. All decisions can't be perfect as a moment later you may know more then before, but that's why we as humans can accept wrong decision, learn from it and re-decide. As we do that we get a valuable lesson for next time. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas Mr Chopra!

    Kaur Lass // 2013-03-20 04:37:59 // //
  • D.C! You learned to use powerpoint? Awesome bro! You must have a super brain!

    Jonathan Thunderchunk // 2013-03-20 03:33:40 // //
  • The article was very helpful and will be used in my business. Thank you for providing such good advice.

    Marilyn McHaffie // 2013-03-20 02:20:03 // //
  • Thank you for this timely advice. This page is now bookmarked as an easy reference for review. Your advice is very helpful and I will implement these ideas in my role as a leader running a non profit business. Thank you for all of the wisdom that you share that makes our world happy.

    marilymc // 2013-03-20 02:18:42 // //
  • Thank you so much, Deepak. Joey Siguenza, I find this very helpful. :)

    Grace Pinon // 2013-03-20 02:13:21 // //
  • gracias sr.chopra por la ayuda desinteresada a la humanidad.con sus sabios consejos .

    Pedro Pablo Rojas // 2013-03-20 00:18:41 // //
  • Another inspiring product to lead to success.

    Kathleen Ann Montagnino DeMatteo // 2013-03-20 00:02:18 // //
  • So true, but rare in business and corporations these days. Thank you for the reminder of what a leader should be.

    Patricia Bicari // 2013-03-20 00:01:46 // //
  • I love it! Thanks for everything you do to help us :) Namaste

    Di Quiroga // 2013-03-19 23:06:06 // //
  • Cannot wait to read this!

    Jenna Salacuse // 2013-03-19 22:54:29 // //
  • I am always in awh when I stumble across a reading our yours that hits home. I have your book superbrain, by I haven`t been able to start it. I know the time will come when I am supposed to read it. Today I bought a book on Chakra Frequencies that you endorsed on the back which is what made the decision for me to buy this one. I am Meditating with you daily and I truly love it. Thank you C

    Cindy // 2013-03-19 22:41:12 // //
  • Yes, thank you many times over for your wisdom and wilingness to share ! I will share as well. Blessings :)

    Georgine Born // 2013-03-19 22:35:39 // //
  • Interesting!

    Yoly Trevino // 2013-03-19 22:27:04 // //
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    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-03-19 22:24:57 // //
  • I like this. Thanks for sharing!!

    Anup Patel // 2013-03-19 22:09:03 // //
  • Pero los codiciosos canibales dicen.DIVIDELOS Y LOS ASUSTARÁS......bajo perfil,----underground,nEScrituras dicen dame que sea yo manso como paloma, astuto (INVISIBLE)) como serpiente)------¿cual es el oponente: la miseria de la mayoriía

    Irene Mora // 2013-03-19 22:03:39 // //
  • totally agree!

    Ramona Gheorghe // 2013-03-19 21:59:58 // //
  • is good deepak chopra

    Mayra Angelica Ramos Riveron // 2013-03-19 21:52:21 // //
  • I keep this to look at during the day at work--thank you!

    Carrie Michael // 2013-03-19 21:47:58 // //
  • This is good stuff! Thank you!!

    Sonya Crose // 2013-03-19 21:46:59 // //
  • Thank you <3

    Inspirational Nuggets // 2013-03-19 21:42:51 // //
  • Being is behind all the doing. Being on purpose fuels the doing, the action.

    Janet K. Lange // 2013-03-19 21:30:12 // //
  • great article:)Helpful and logical

    Linda // 2013-03-19 21:26:08 // //
  • Awesome! Right on time thanks.

    Joe Nelson // 2013-03-19 21:24:18 // //
  • The heart of doing

    Steven Lampert // 2013-03-19 21:22:47 // //
  • Great diagram for success!

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    Mother Consciousness // 2013-03-19 21:20:40 // //