Throughout the world, nations, organizations, families, and individuals are reacting to the seemingly ever-increasing pace of change. Shifts in demographics and a rapid increase in technological advances is resulting in the collapse of the social systems previously designed and implemented throughout our societies, organizations and lives.
These systems—including education, healthcare, energy, transportation, communication, and governance —were designed when we had a fraction of the global population and we were living in agrarian and industrial times. As we know, change can be positive or negative, subtle or severe, real or perceived, minor or major. The way we respond to change can be exhilarating, stimulating, motivating, and desirable or it can result in stress. Stress is our brain’s response to stimuli.
To be able to absorb change and not succumb to the negative aspects of stress requires a stable mind. Achieving a stable mind can be accomplished through any number of contemplative practices and is a key component of being a conscious leader.
Models can also prove useful in helping leaders to navigate change, helping them identify where they are and where they aspire to be. Several models have been developed by a variety of thinkers, citing various levels of consciousness.