Consciousness-based leadership pivots around awareness and control of self-emotions to move away from hardwired reactions and look at things objectively. Pre-conceived notions and self-perceived ideas have no place in conscious leadership—the focus shifts from the individual to the organisation and the humanity at large. Compassion plays a significant role in consciousness-based leadership. Traditional wisdom, along with intuition, sixth sense, extrapolation has to be a part of the skill set of Consciousness-based leader.
It is the only leadership form that will have a universal appeal, and following that can get the desired results in the coming times.
On January 1, 2016, 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) were officially adopted by the United Nations to be implemented by 2030. The intention of the SDGs was holistic development of humanity throughout the world without any biases. This philanthropic agenda was thoroughly discussed and agreed upon by world leaders in a historic United Nations summit in the year 2015.
Quality Education, Gender Equality and Reduced inequalities within and among the countries find mention in the list of the 17 targeted SDGs, as SDG 4, SDG 5 and SDG 10 respectively.
These figures are too significant to be ignored. Education and more precisely, quality education, which will make the children informed and knowledgeable with provisions for sustained lifelong learning opportunities is what will impact humanity in a big way.
By the year 2050, upto 50% of the population of Africa will be under the age of 25, and it would be the youngest, most energetic and promising workforce of the world.
This pool of prospective human resource needs conscientious and sustained developmental efforts in terms of quality education to take humanity to the next level. One must go beyond the limitations of nationality, race, and the likes to address SDG4. Only inclusive, compassionate and conscious world leaders can find a solution to such large scale and complex challenges.
Because of the COVID 19, the effort in the direction of education will receive a severe setback. But with the help of technology and local volunteers, virtual classrooms can keep the wheel moving, albeit a bit slow.
Gender inequality and discrimination is outright inhuman but prevalent even in the developing and developed countries. These tendencies will end up stifling the cultural and economic development locally and globally.
According to the UN, "gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world."
In the last decade, there was substantial progress in educating girls and women, and even the employment percentage increased. Better acceptance of the girls and women can be perceived even in the social and cultural setups. Nevertheless, much remains to be done. Emotionally and economically stable mothers can raise the hope of well-cared families.
Women generally are employed in the unorganised sector, with no clear career paths and in times of stress like the COVID19, they have to suffer a lot. Probability of harassment and physical abuse rises when the menfolk are also locked up in the house.
Awareness programmes, counselling sessions, legal and medical aid can help bridge this gap of inequality. Gender inequality is also one of the critical social challenges, which can be resolved by creating strategies. Inclusiveness and compassion will help the family understand the pains and rigours of being at the receiving end of discrimination.
Inequality breeds mistrust and is a significant impediment to the concept of global brotherhood or collective living. No one and no country can live in isolation. People have to interact with peers for trade, cultural and social objectives.
Disparities in education, the standard of living, health, income have been around for centuries. In the last couple of decades, there was a heightened awareness in countries which have strategised to minimise the gap. The efforts have met with considerable success, but a lot remains to do. On the global front, the underprivileged countries receive support, special concessions and status to define their respectable presence.
However, in the times of pandemic, the underprivileged individuals and countries have borne the brunt and are scalded badly.
International organisations are making efforts to stand up to the challenge and organise relief measures. But more needs to be done, and consciousness-based & inclusive Leadership can direct the efforts and energy to more evident and sustained results.