The Top Five Characteristics of Innovative Leaders

innovate-leaders-top-5A recent HBR article highlighted a study by XBInsight that exposed the top 5 characteristics innovative company leaders have in common and score considerably higher in than other non-innovative leaders.

Risk management – “Innovative leaders scored 25% higher than their non-innovative counterparts on managing risk.”

Curiosity – “They exhibit an underlying curiosity and desire to know more.”

Courage – “They turn tough circumstances into prime opportunities to demonstrate their decisive capabilities and take responsibility for difficult decision making.”

Seize opportunity – “They are proactive and take initiative and ownership for success.”

Maintain a Strategic Business Perspective – “These leaders demonstrate a keen understanding of industry trends and their implications for the organization.”

And there is one characteristic where innovative leaders collectively score lower than their peers – maintaining order and accuracy.

The “data also suggested that a strong customer orientation is a starting point for building a strategic marketplace perspective in leaders.”

You can read the full article here.

 

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