Conscious systemic leadership (CSL) is a theoretical construct that draws from Shiva consciousness. Systemic leadership (SL) is an emergent phenomenon that draws on synergies and concerted efforts of several people and institutions operating across several places and levels to create a more purposeful and meaningful existence for us. If SL is about shifting the focus from the self to the wider scheme of existence, a consciousness-based approach is necessary. A consciousness-based approach enables us to undergo a mind-shift from the individual to the collective, from short-term to long-term, from rigidity to fluidity, from holding-on to letting-go, and from results-focus to learning-orientation. The philosophy of Shiva is drawn on to understand that consciousness is the substratum of reality, an insight used to build the theoretical construct of CSL. In Shiva consciousness, reality is embodied in our experience of the world through a transcendental and eternal process of fusion and dance of energies between the opposing archetypes of the purusha and prakriti; pure consciousness and the creative force, respectively. Everywhere, in each minute attribute of reality, a “self” is present, which is the universal consciousness of Shiva.
CSL demands the demonstration of a new set of practices. I am highlighting the following indicative practices as a thought starter:
A consciousness-based approach will enable systems leaders to undergo a mind-shift from the individual to the collective, from short-term to long-term, from rigidity to fluidity, from holding on to letting go, and from results-focus to learning orientation.