By Emily Soccorsy + Justin Foster
We often get the question, “who do you work with?”
Most times, the questioner expects us to list off an industry, a company size, a revenue level.
We usually say, “We work with awake leaders who want their brand to be a monument to what they believe,” or some variation of that.
So what does that truly mean?
We recently gathered as a Root + River team to determine who “awake” leaders are. As it turns out, they possess three core traits, which manifest in a number of powerful ways in the business world.
Here’s we determined the three core traits of awake leaders are:
High EQ (Emotional Intelligence/Quotient) – Awake leaders have a great awareness of self, others, situations, strategy and unplanned leadership moments. That means they understand their relationships deeply, their strengths and weaknesses, and the emotional dynamics of others. In tense or emotional situations, they are able to remain self-possessed and clear about who they are and what the best action to take is.
Heart for Others – Awake leaders genuinely care about other people and also practice self-care. They espouse servant leadership, where they look to serve others before themselves. They are listeners, reflectors and want to lead after they have carefully considered how their actions will impact others in their organization and world. They recognize when they are run down, fearful or in an uncertain place and are able to step back to recalibrate themselves. They are in tune into their heart when making direction-changing decisions.
Mission-centric – Awake leaders have their souls on fire with a purpose. They view their business as an extension or fulfillment of their personal mission. All business decisions run through the filter of “Does this align with our/my mission?” They trust both kinds of data – hard data and intuition.
That all sounds nice, right? But how does being an awake leader manifest in the business world? The ROI of being awake is a continuum of both short and long-term value creation, but here are a few benefits.
If these traits or benefits resonate with you, it’s likely you are an awake leader. That doesn’t necessarily mean you work at the top of your organization or have a group of people working under you. Awake leaders are found in every part of every organization and in every size of business.
We get you. We are you!
So don’t let anyone tell you that being the sort of leader you are is “squishy” or that it doesn’t benefit the business. Frankly, that’s bull honky. Being awake is the greatest business advantage of the 21st century.