You are excited. You are energised. You are inspired. You know you are with a real innovator because they are special people who create and magnify emotions in those with whom they work.
A real innovator always sees the greatness in others and gets excited about it themselves. Having greatness surround them reminds them why they wanted to be innovators in the first place.
You know you’re with a real innovator because they have a broad mind. Everything is surprising to them, and surprise is a state they love. By being surprised every day, they train themselves to be fresh in the mind, and open in the heart.
They are real leaders. People want to follow because they know he or she will help them make their great ideas fly.
They share everything. Real innovators know they might not always get credit as a result, but they don’t mind. They get their motivation by being part of something amazing, and are painfully aware that most people never get to do anything amazing at all.
Often new things go badly wrong. If you were with a real innovator, you’d see them smile and make it easy for everyone to try again. Theirs is the gift of making people feel a misstep is actually a valuable success.
Often things go stunningly right. If you were with a real innovator, you’d see them fade into the background, leaving the stage free for those who have least visibility to shine. They know that making other people successful as innovators is the best possible way to ensure they’re successful themselves.
If they are management, they almost never use their hierarchical power to get their job done. Inspiration is their tool of choice instead, and they wield it so that everyone is joyful even when they’re working above and beyond to make new things happen.
Their ideas, probably, are brilliant. However, they know their ideas are less important than the ideas of everyone else. They have learned their role is to ensure the genius of others is brought to the fore, not to prove they are geniuses themselves.
They are humble heroes. And you probably wouldn’t even know who they are unless you dig deep to find them.