Have you ever imagined what it would be like to train in leadership like you trained to be an athlete? Not just participate in a workshop or read a book that tells you the traits and behaviours of leadership – a continuous program of training and the systematic design of our life to optimise your performance as a leader?
In a short design research program, I explored the systemic influences on the development of Conscious Leadership in design. Preliminary findings from the research suggest that successful Conscious Leaders in design must work simultaneously on improving themselves and the systems around them in order to be able to perform well and consistently as a leader. The patterns of self-leadership and life design amongst aspiring Conscious Leaders in design suggest that when it comes to leadership performance, we need to think like athletes. Learn more about the Conscious Leadership model and find out how we can think like athletes as leaders in design in Candelle Nestor’s talk.
Leadership Development is estimated to be $357
billion global industry (Westfall 2019).
Persistent problems are not the outcome of elements or people within a system,
but rather the outcome of a poorly designed system (Meadows & Wright 2008).
What are the systemic factors and conditions
that influence the development and practice of
Conscious Leadership in design?
Leadership that actively fosters expanded
states of consciousness and self awareness
and works to build a culture of ‘we’ rather
than a culture of ‘me’ (Chapman, Dethmer &
The 15 Commitments of
Learning Through Creativity
Feeling All Feelings
Living a Life of Play and Rest
Exploring the Opposite
Sourcing Approval Controls and Security
Having Enough of Everything
Creating Win for All Solutions
Being the Resolution
Excelling in Your Zone of Genius
Taking Radical Responsibility
Experiencing the World as an Ally
"I share with others what is true for me without withholding
information, even if it is uncomfortable."
"When speaking about others, I only share what I would be
willing to say to them directly."
The 17 Behaviours of
Self Leadership Literature
(Chapman, Dethmer & Klemp
(Heifetz, Linsky & Grashow 2009) (Bihary 2020) (Blanchard, Fowler & Hawkins
• [show ecosystem model – internal factors only]
CHALLENGE RESPONSE OUTCOME
space for introspection
visibility of alternative
space for introspection
social norms of
• We cannot separate ourselves from the systems
we are part of.
• Optimise our environments to help us practice
the self leadership needed to be a conscious
• Meditation practice
• Reflective journaling
• 15 min breaks between all meetings
• Almonds, pistachios and macadamias
• Retros, 3 in a Box, regular 1:1s
• Leadership coach
• Train like an athlete.
Chapman, D, Dethmer, J & Klemp, K 2015, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success, Conscious
Meadows, D & Wright, D 2008, Thinking in Systems: International Bestseller, Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA.
Westfall, C 2019, 'Leadership Development Is A $366 Billion Industry: Here's Why Most Programs Don't Work', Forbes,