If you want your leadership to be innovative, be very aware of what you are wishing for.
Here’s a quote Mike Myatt, a thought leader on leadership:
“Whenever I see leaders focus on maintenance over innovation, I see people who have unnecessarily drawn the line of impossibility in the sand. As I’ve said before, a leader’s job is to disrupt mediocrity – not embrace it, to challenge the norm – not embolden it, to weed out apathy – not reward it, and to dismantle bureaucracies – not build them. Nothing is impossible until you embrace it as such.”
I absolutely love this quote! Leaders must be those that envision those that they are leading. Leaders are not meant to be managers but to continually take steps forward.
Look out for the disruptive leader!
Whether a company seeks first to be a product leader, operationally excellent or exceptionally customer focus the need for innovation might look different but it no less a necessity.
Absolutely agree Neil! If innovation is viewed as a luxury or a nice-to-have, you will very quickly become overtaken. Thanks for the comment.