If you subscribe to a command and control style of leadership, operating from positional power, (“Because I’m your boss, that’s why. Now do it.”) and have no plans of changing your approach, I invite you to keep scrolling. This article is not for you.

However, if you operate from command and control, recognize its limitations and are looking for a new way to produce greater outcomes and abundance OR you already operate from a servant leadership model, this article is for you! I would also like to congratulate those in this category for the difference you are about to make in many, many lives!

We are collectively on the precipice of a sea-change, effecting all of us. The global economy is shifting from one of being industry-based to one of being knowledge-based. You may have heard the term, knowledge economy. Yes, we are in a knowledge economy. Therefore, our value is based on not what we can produce and machine, as it had been in the industrial economy but, what we know and how we can leverage relationships to achieve common goals.

Our technology has changed, our economy has changed, yet one thing continues to remain the same for the majority of organizations; the way we lead, develop and support our employees!

Organizations, continuing to operate from “we’ve always done it this way”, command and control style, whereby obedience and compliance are rewarded; we’ve found at best yield minimal compliance from employees and a severe lack of engagement in the company’s products and services leading to poor customer service and high turnover.

The Leadership style itself, sets the tone of the culture. Leaders leading from command and control signal to staff, you are valuable as long as you do what I say. The unspoken message given by this approach is “stay in the box or you face trouble”. Precisely, when we need “out of the box” creative thinking to be competitive in an ever-expanding knowledge economy. The result; employees are reticent to share and be authentic because the company norms have already been reinforced; speak up or out and you may face a response that shakes your security.

If the norms of leadership derived from command and control are prevalent still and the Company wants to continue or have a chance at growth and success, a new model of norms will need to be created, communicated and heavily reinforced.

The new model will then cooperate with the shift in the economy and provide space for knowledge and service to continuously expand with market expectations.

Very simply, what we are saying is that the majority of companies continue to operate in antiquated leadership fashions, not having made the shift and kept up with the pace of workforce evolution and now operating from a once appropriate paradigm actually serve as a detriment to profits, staff morale, community connection and humanity-at-large.

As the prolific, William Blake once said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”

The model is “Conscious Capitalism”. An approach to commerce guided by four principles: Higher Purpose, Conscious Leadership, Stakeholder Orientation and a Conscious Culture.

Conscious Capitalism’s principles can be further understood this way:

Higher Purpose – exists to unite all staff to operate from a common purpose that transcends any one person and agenda, evident by a sense of “we are all in this together”.

Stakeholder Orientation – approaches capitalism from the stand point, we will operate in benefit to all whom serve as a stakeholder of this organization’s eco system and do no harm to any one stakeholder in benefit of another. The greater system is completely complimentary. No more decimating entire levels of management to increase shareholder value, yet disregarding the employee stakeholder and the impact to family, community and society.

Conscious Leadership – In order to create and operate from the above model, self-aware leadership is required. Leaders who are willing to question everything in order to ensure it serves the higher purpose of the company is just the type of flexibility and open-mindedness that will almost guarantee abundance for stakeholders. Primarily, Conscious Leadership is exhibited through a servant leadership model. Servant Leaders recognize their core purpose is to equip their followers to operate from their highest capabilities. This includes considerations of compensation, benefits, work/life balance and a daily work culture reinforcing growth and health, which brings us to Conscious Culture.

Conscious Culture – Culture is the flavor, taste, sense or feel you have as a result of interacting with the company and its employees. Culture is what the employees say about the company and its leaders when talking with friends and family. Culture is how we treat our colleagues, clients, suppliers and community. Either we create value (operating from giving) or we do not (operating from taking).

Employees are either a company’s greatest asset or most costly asset. Certainly, the intended goal of companies is to ensure their assets yield greater revenue than their associated costs, therefore being profitable. If you want to maximize your largest asset, becoming more profitable than ever, then it’s evident, we must invest in making the shift to a model of Conscious Capitalism, providing a new culture of growth, adaptation and community-wide abundance. The model of Conscious Capitalism addresses and mitigates the challenge workforce is facing today with engagement, turnover, succession planning, employee growth and leadership development.

The Shift will take place. It’s just a matter of asking yourself, will you be on the leading edge and soon to experience the resulting abundance or will you go kicking and screaming, longing for the comfort of an old paradigm?

By: Ryan McShane, President, HR Evolution LLC,  RyanM@marc3solutions.com

HR Evolution provides small to medium sized businesses Fortune 500 Level Resources, creating “High Performance Organizations” with Greater Profit, Top Talent, and Outstanding Culture.

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Ryan McShane
Ryan McShane is the President/CEO of HR Evolution, LLC a consulting firm specializing in Human Resources, Leadership Development and Career Transitions Consulting. Prior to that, Ryan worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, learning the various cultural norms, principles and practices of each sector and applying that learning to create High Performance Leaders and Organizations today throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ryan is also the immediate past president for the largest Local SHRM Chapter in the state of Maryland, Chesapeake Human Resource Association, (CHRA). Ryan’s professional affiliations include serving on the Board of Chesapeake Human Resource Association (CHRA), Board member and Membership Director of Hunt Valley Business Forum, a founding member of Conscious Capitalism- Central Maryland, a Member of York, PA’s local SHRM chapter, a Member of UMBC’s Instructional Systems Development (ISD) Advisory Board, and a former Member of the Boomer Council, an advisory council focusing on civic engagement and mature workforce strategies. Ryan is passionate about creating and leveraging existing tools and systems to enable both individuals and organizations to achieve their highest potential through greater awareness and a conscious approach to workforce management, honoring all stakeholders, wherein equal consideration is given to People, Planet and Profit.