On the people front, the behavior of leaders matters—big time…Innovators ask provocative questions that challenge the status quo. They observe the world like anthropologists to detect new ways of doing things. They network with people who don’t look or think like them to gain radically different perspectives. They experiment relentlessly to test new ideas and try out new experiences. Finally, these behaviors trigger new associations which let them to connect the unconnected, thereby producing disruptive ideas.
Hal Gregersen and Jeff Dyer on the role of leadership in innovation, part of a big Forbes package on innovative companies.
Our global survey of c-level executives shows that innovation is a high-level priority. 83% say their senior management team actively seeks out innovation from all corners of the company. Two-thirds of respondents say senior management is mainly responsible for innovation, and almost as many say that their company has re-organized management structures in the past three years, either in support of or as a result of innovation.