Are You a Conscious Leader? (And Does It Matter?)

We live in a time of purpose-driven companies and purpose-driven lives. One of the groups that promotes the power of purpose is the Conscious Capitalism Institute (CCI). As someone who knows how powerful purpose can be when it is authentically derived (read: innate identity), I’m a fan. But, oh, the challenges.

Being a “conscious leader,” or for that matter, a conscious person, isn’t about being awake simply in the physical sense. It runs more than a little deeper than that. According to Webster’s, being “conscious” refers to being self-aware and having self-knowledge, being mindful and intentional, being awake – yes! – and connected to one’s self. It seems that living in this awakened state is what leads us, naturally, to do the right thing, operate with integrity, create something of distinct value in the world. Sounds like the makings of a strong personal identity, to me.

Are you conscious in this essentially human way?

Are the people you work for/with in this inner identity zone?

And…does it indeed matter?

I vote, yes. You? Let’s forget about changing the world. How about simply changing ourselves and, perhaps, influencing those around us. Let’s start there. Ideas welcome.


Flickr photo courtesy of AlicePopkorn

  • Helene Finidori


    I believe we all have the power to influence things at the grassroots level. If each of us starts using this power, we will probably be able to change the world in the end… I’m still with you and listening! And helping spread ideas and examples. Keep up the good work!


    November 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm
  • Marissa

    Some time ago, I really needed to buy a good house for my firm but I did not earn enough money and could not purchase anything. Thank heaven my dude proposed to try to get the home loans at creditors. Therefore, I did so and used to be happy with my student loan.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm
  • Alan Booth

    Enjoyed your well written piece, Larry and concur with the facts your present…except one: from an investor’s perspective the company is still a favorable risk for growth; i.e. a strong buy recommendation. Thus the increase in price today (September 8th) and overall capitalization still quite strong. So besides sharholders and consumers who need to fuel their cars, what is the damage – really?

    November 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm
  • Larry Ackerman

    Interesting response, here…What I find disturbing is the assumption that you can simply divide (and conquer) stakeholders into discrete groups, as though they are wholly independent of one another. Truth is, they are wholly interdependent – economically interdependent – so, what ultimately benefits or hurts consumers, communities, employees does the same for investors. It’s called reputation, or in concrete financial terms, good will.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

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