How Leaders Innovate

Not every leader can be Steve Jobs. But what if every leader created an environment where the entire organization could be like Steve Jobs?

A good leader understands that innovation is larger than any one person, including himself or herself. Furthermore, he or she recognizes that innovation is a team sport. Multiple individuals and departments are required to take ideas to market. Therefore, the innovative leader will be occupied with establishing and maintaining the environment that is most conducive to growing an innovation ecosystem.

In a great article for CEO magazine, Ron Ashkenas

What Innovative Leaders are Like

Although innovation isn’t the product of command and control leadership, nevertheless, innovation begins at the top. Indeed, leadership is the first component of the innovative organization.

It’s been said that innovators possess a certain DNA. That term isn’t helpful, because innovation is a practice, and it can be learned by a wide variety of people. Therefore, it is better to describe innovative leaders in terms of traits, because traits describe practices.

In a recent article for Forbes Magazine entitled, “What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys,” Jack Zenger

The Most Important Thing a Leader Must Do

“So is there a way to encourage routine strategic thinking throughout the organization? I would say yes – and that it’s the most important thing you can do as a leader.”

That's what Robert Kabacoff wrote in a very popular piece in the Harvard Business Review entitled: "Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization." 


He describes strategic thinking as taking “a broad, long-range approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, thinking ahead, and planning."

Furthermore, he states that it also means "thinking systemically.