Seven levels of leadership consciousness – level 7
This is the top level of leadership consciousness in the ’7 levels’ model. Here, the best exemplars are those people who understand the interconnectedness of the world and their place within it. They know that the success of an organisation is truly built by everyone involved – and they do something about it.
Leaders at level 7 are motivated to serve the world because they’re concerned about its state. Their vision is global, looking at questions such as ‘how can I help?’ and ‘what can I do?
They care about the legacy we are leaving for future generations and are able to use their influence to create a better world – we might think of Bill Gates as an example here.
They act with humility and compassion, being generous in spirit, patient and forgiving by nature. These people don’t expect the world to be black and white, but understand it in shades of grey. They work on a long timescale – for them short-term gains aren’t worth it.
They see society as their context, and their own mission and that of their organisation fits within it. Understandably then, they are committed to social responsibility.
Level 7 leaders are admired for their wisdom and vision, which is fed by solitude and self-reflection.
The ideal leader is someone who can combine all the best aspects at each level in the model we’ve described over the past few weeks. Where do you fit in the spectrum of leadership consciousness? Why not tell us about your experience? Do send us your comments.