This post was originally published on online.jefferson.edu
Successful leaders and companies are always trying to become more innovative because advancement changes lives. Even if an organization’s new product isn’t a major advancement, small changes to an existing product can be groundbreaking simply by improving an already successful product.
However, clever products are only part of what innovation is all about in business. Every day, creative leaders help transform the culture of an organization, which allows managers and employees to work together to create products and services.
10 traits of innovative leaders
Harvard Business Review conducted a small study of managers who scored at or above the 99-percentile mark, as measured by their peers, subordinates and bosses on feedback surveys. Then they interviewed each leader, and came up with 10 distinctive behaviors that set this group apart as innovative leaders. These leaders:
1. Display excellent strategic vision
The most successful leaders can vividly describe their vision of the future because, as Forbes noted in an article on traits of innovative leaders, “the future is where innovation always lives, and sometimes that future is a long way off, uncertain, and really hard to forecast.” Managing the present with the future is difficult but necessary.
2.Have a strong customer focus
Leaders are fascinated by the thoughts and needs of customers. Asking question after question and networking with clients offers a way into the customer’s mind.
3. Create a climate of reciprocal trust
Not all fresh ideas are successful, and innovative leaders know it. They allow room for error when employees are coming up with ideas, which creates collaborative relationships.
4. Display fearless loyalty to doing what’s right for the organization and customer
Doing the right thing is much more important than pleasing one’s boss or high-level executive.
5. Put their faith in a culture that magnifies upward communication
Some of the best ideas come from the first level of an organization, and forward-thinking leaders are receptive to ideas from all employees.
6. Are persuasive
Instead of pushing ideas onto their teams, innovative leaders are effective in getting others to accept ideas by presenting them with enthusiasm and conviction.
7. Excel at setting stretch goals
Stretch goals require that people go far beyond working harder; they require finding new ways to achieve a high goal.
8. Emphasize speed
Instead of lengthy studies by large committees, leaders prefer experiments and rapid prototypes.
9. Are candid in their communication
Employees with creative leaders know they can count on straight answers. Honest, and even sometimes blunt, feedback is the norm.
10. Inspire and motivate through action
According to one respondent of the survey, “For innovation to exist you have to feel inspired.” Forward-thinking leaders work to be more motivational. This sentiment is reflected in “Five Character Traits of Innovation Leaders” by Forbes. It said innovative leaders are motivated by what can happen for the benefit of others and of their organizations — not what can directly benefit them. This value “has an almost magical impact on outcomes,” including employees, organizations and even the leaders themselves. If leaders act on their personal interests, everyone else will too, resulting in mistrust, fear and an environment that opposes innovation.
Innovative products start with innovative people
Becoming an innovator or executive requires the knowledge, experience and leadership to guide organizations to success. Jefferson’s online innovation MBA helps prepare you for the demands of the modern business world, giving you the insight and skills needed to pursue your career goals. The program offers concentrations in business analytics and strategic design thinking. You can complete your degree in as little as 18-24 months.
Your Business Needs These 13 Digital Security Solutions – Here’s How To Get The Most Out Of Each
How would you characterize your organization’s digital security posture? If you’re not sure how to answer this question, or perhaps would prefer not to answer it at all, you’re not alone. Countless decision-makers, from uber-competent CTOs and CISOs to CEOs and COOs who couldn’t code…
Louisiana And Oklahoma Introduce Digital Identification To Prevent Fake ID Use
Digital ID in Louisiana Utilizing digital IDs has been a commonly broached topic for a while now. Although most states are only either deliberating their helpfulness or in the utmost initial stages, Louisiana has moved forward. The primary introduction of this technology was done back…
ScanGuard Review – Here is What You Should Know
Doesn’t it sound good and satisfying to have a goop-performing antivirus that is reliable enough? Yes, it is. For that reason, you need to be extra careful when you are in search of a good antivirus. Put all the necessary factors into consideration so that…
The Emerging Need for Social Media Security
By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, nearly 700 passwords have been stolen from social media accounts across the world. Social media security breaches have the potential to cause up to $6 trillion in cybercrime damages by 2021, up from $3 billion in costs…
Which New Lorex Security Camera Is Right for Your Home?
Keeping your family and your possessions safe requires a proactive approach, and one way to protect what you care about is with a security camera system. Lorex Technology is well known for their security camera solutions, and their two newest products will change the way…
- 3D Printing
- App Dev
- Artificial Intelligence
- Arts and Entertainment
- Big Data
- Blockchain Tech
- Business Technology
- Car Technology
- Cloud Computing
- Cloud Storage
- Computer and Technology
- Conference Calling
- Coupons and Deals
- Cyber Security
- Dark Left 1
- Data Center
- Data Recovery
- Digital Arena
- Digital Marketing
- Edu Tech
- Email Marketing
- Google Glass
- Guides and Tutorials
- Health and Fitness
- Home Improvement
- Home Security
- Internet and Businesses Online
- Internet Marketing
- IT Careers
- Mobile Apps
- Mobile Security
- New Tech
- Online Shopping
- Project Management
- Reference and Education
- Reputation Management
- Sales & Marketing
- Shopping and Product reviews
- Small Business
- Social Media
- Tech Trends
- Technical Support
- Technology in Education
- Tips & Tricks
- Tips And Tricks
- Video Conferencing
- Virtual Reality
- Wearable Technology
- Web Design
- Web Development
- Web Hosting
Give your SEO Campaign a Boost with Backlink Monitoring
Have you been trying to utilize backlinking for your SEO campaign? Would you like to assess the performance of your linking strategy? If your answer is yes, it is time to learn more about backlinks monitoring. In the traditional world of search engine optimization, website…
When To Start A Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you visit the doctor, you believe that the treatment you receive will improve your health. However, this is not always the case. Patients in Chicago can be injured by their physician or medical staff. What is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice is when a doctor,…
How to Immediately Improve Your Online Security
While the internet might seem paradisiacal, danger lurks in the obscurity of it. Apart from outsourcing your IT needs to specialists like IT support companies in London, there are immediate measures you can take to ensure your online world is as secure as the home…
Everything You Need To Know About Cybersecurity In 2019
With long workdays and jam-packed weekends, it’s a godsend that we can do most of our shopping, social interaction, and many other day-to-day tasks from the convenience of our computers and mobile devices. The internet has been making our lives so much easier for the…
4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Cybersecurity Right Now
Decades have passed since the phenomenon called the internet, cybersecurity is still very much a threat to businesses and individual users alike. Considering how much money cybersecurity companies invest to bolster their solutions, you would think that cybersecurity threats would be a thing of the…
Why Small Businesses Need A Web Application Firewall
Today, cyber security is one of the primary concerns of small businesses and large tech companies alike. The threat landscape is ever-evolving, with increasingly sophisticated hackers racing to thwart cyber security experts as they build stronger lines of defense. On top of that, the numbers…