Let’s normalize conscious leadership

Not just for those at the top, leadership is for everyone

Bevin Niemann-Cortez
4 min readMay 27, 2021

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If you asked most people to describe what a leader looks like, you might receive answers like:

  • the CEO of a large corporation
  • a high position in a country’s government
  • a 30 to 40-something, white, cisgender male
  • authoritative, controlling and has all the answers
  • lone wolf, disconnected from their team
  • someone with many followers or admirers
  • wealthy, influential, powerful
  • driven, hustles and pushes others

There’ve been amazing leaders throughout history, as well as incredibly dysfunctional and destructive personalities. No leader is perfect, nor should they have to live up to unrealistic expectations. However, there are crucial differences between power hungry leaders and those who use their position in the community to uplift and empower everyone else.

We’re acculturated to believe only a few people can attain a leadership role. You must climb an invisible ladder, stepping on others to get ahead. Your title is a status symbol and how much money you have in your bank account demonstrates worthiness. More is better, sometimes to the tune of billions of dollars.

The question is, who pays for a small number of ‘special’ people to become successful? Usually hundreds, thousands or even millions of everyday folks through sweat, pain and sacrificing their mental, emotional, physical, and financial well-being.

This is the leadership system we currently participate in, at our species’ current level of evolution. Crude and unequitable.

However, that old-school philosophy is being challenged every day. A multitude of voices are speaking out — no more! It’s no longer acceptable to perpetuate a system that rewards a privileged few, while leaving everyone else behind. Highly sensitive people are many of those rising voices.

We know there’s a better way to structure our societies and we’re not willing to sit by and be silent about injustices. Empaths are role-modeling new ways of being, living and serving.

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Bevin Niemann-Cortez

Social-Emotional Healer | Sacred Space Designer | Budding Herbalist