Running head: INNOVATION LEADERSHIP
Russell L. Dykes
Innovation leadership is all about facilitating and empowering others in order to help their creativity thrive. In order to be a leader of innovation, the manager must facilitate the innovation of others by providing the space, equipment, networks, partnerships, and environment that allows their creativity to flourish. The innovation leader must toward establishing a culture of innovation realizing that innovation work requires a team. Innovation cannot be conceived, developed, and delivered by just a single individual.
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The foundation to advancing innovation is relationship building and shared expectations. It is important to discover shared core values and work ethics while striving to improve decision-making skills. In order to lead innovation a manager must work to develop mutual respect and trust among team members. This provides an atmosphere that encourages risk taking. She must also be open to creative emergence while being tolerant of ambiguity. She must also share the commitment to the ongoing conversation. Leaders who pay attention to the present while focusing on relationships, living in potential, and suspending judgment have helped shape innovation (Gantz, 2010).
The quantum organization model stresses the importance of facilitating abilities and skills to support the creation of new and novel ideas and innovation. This requires moving beyond the old Newtonian organizational model and embracing a new model that includes virtual leadership, dispersed leaders, and distributed communities-of-practice. The explosion in technology has lead more and more to people working physically disconnected from one another. Virtual teams have become a fact of life. As such, skill sets have become more diffused. The marketplace has gone global and with that globalization has come the need to function effectively in cross cultural settings. With the decentralization of the workplace has come the need for all team members to be innovative. Each member must have the ability to make decisions at a moment’s notice in an ever changing environment. Therefore it is of utmost importance for the good manager to foster the atmosphere that allows the creativity of all team members to flow freely (Deardoff & Williams, 2006).
Although developing the competencies and tools...