When you hear about innovation and leadership, many people like ourselves probably think of business leaders like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. Although they are excellent examples of innovative leaders, innovation as a leadership trait can be manifested in different, more subtle ways. We recognise innovative leaders by the influence and encouragement they offer to their employees to produce creative ideas.
In his article published on the website InovativeManagement.com, Jeffrey Baumgartner, an expert on innovation, says, “An innovative leader does not have to be the person who creates the idea behind an innovation. Often, he or she simply recognises a great idea – perhaps devised by a subordinate – and envisions the path that leads to that idea’s becoming a reality.”
Baumgartner says, “Except Imagination, communication and relevant expertise, these type of leaders have to be willing to kill when necessary.” Although this sounds outrageous, he in fact means that leaders have to be able to abandon ideas that don’t work, even when they’ve invested a lot of effort in it.
Innovation is a highly demanded skill, because it gives the competitive edge to any organisation, and, it is important that leaders give themselves and their teams time and space for imagining and creating change.
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