The Top Five Characteristics of Innovative Leaders
A 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.