An idea is just an idea until someone makes it happen. This is where innovation leadership comes in.
Innovation leaders put ideas in motion. They are brave enough to lead with an unproven vision. They ignite the spirit of possibility in their people and expand their field of vision. They create the organizational environment that enables innovation. They keep a pulse on the market. They safeguard their experimental hatchlings until they can withstand examination. They pool and connect resources (often under the radar) to build, strengthen, network, and probe the idea. And they champion ideas across politics through to their viable execution. In short, they are the innovation catalysts.
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IMPACT OF INNOVATION LEADERSHIP
REPRESENTS THE MOST IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP QUALITY
Over 60 percent of a sample of 1,500 CEOs cited creativity as the most important leadership quality over the next five years.
- IBM study
drives innovation and financial success
56% of executives identify C-level and leadership support as a driver of success (second only to clear strategic focus). The results suggest that this support also links to good outcomes: 36 percent whose innovation functions report to the CEO say they meet financial objectives effectively, compared with 27 percent whose functions report to other company leaders.
- McKinsey Global Survey: How Companies Approach Innovation 2007