The following is the final in a four-part series on leadership trends for 2012. We hope that you will find the articles enlightening and that you will be able to apply these strategies to make your business more ‘sticky’ to your employees!
Leadership and innovation
One of the hallmarks of a great leader is that he can inspire those under him to be innovative. He will strongly stimulate the creativity of each one so that they eventually maximise their potential – something most of them would find it difficult to achieve on their own.
What are these magical qualities?
- Courage – any aspect of fear is crippling for an innovative leader. Inviting criticism and getting honest feedback from others will galvanise the creative impulse and unite a team towards a common goal.
- Humility – innovative leaders are conscious of their own failings and willing to acknowledge them – in public if necessary. They will lower their status to be on par with those they lead. This unpretentious attitude earns immediate respect from subordinates.
- Integrity – a leader with integrity will be honest and adhere to moral principles in his dealings with subordinates. Subordinates will instinctively trust such a leader to be fair and impartial.
- Curiosity – being positively inquisitive and showing an eagerness to learn will excite those around you. These qualities will inspire a keen and zealous following eager for novelty and adventure
- Tenacity – is the ability to persistently stay with projects. Hesitancy or weak will dissipates followers. Even in times of crisis, one must be firm and unyielding in achieving the goal.