FIVE LEADERSHIP TRENDS FOR 2012: Leadership and innovation

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.
Through the telling of his life story in his book Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, Jaworski describes how a ‘real’ leader sets the stage on which "predictable miracles, " seemingly synchronistic in nature, can - and do - occur. He shows that this capacity has more to do with our being - our total orientation of character and consciousness - than with what we do.  Leadership, he explains, is about creating - day by day - a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and are able to participate in shaping the future. He describes three basic shifts of mind required if we are to create and discover an unfolding future - shifts in how we see the world, how we understand relationships, and how we make commitments - and offers a new definition of leadership that applies to all types of leaders.
With all the innovation programmes out there, do you think that leadership qualities are the ultimate way to stimulate innovation in the work place? We would love to hear from you!