Today’s post is by Maureen Metcalf – a thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of The Innovative Leadership Fieldbook. You can learn more about her at the end of this post. Here’s Maureen:
Are your leadership actions impeding innovation? Are your change initiatives successfully implemented and delivering the benefits you expected? How is YOUR behavior impacting their ability to delivery results?
Many traditional leaders spend more time perfecting their golf swings than they do improving their ability to lead in this current environment. The most successful leaders continue to improve their leadership skills including the level of self-knowledge and introspection that provides a feedback loop for ongoing improvement.
Innovative leadership is the type of leadership that allows already successful leaders to raise the bar on their performance and the performance of their organizations.
An innovative leader is defined as someone who consistently delivers results using the following:
- Strategic leadership that inspires individual goals and organizations vision and cultures;
- Tactical leadership that influences an individual’s actions and the organizations systems and processes.
- Holistic Leadership that aligns all key dimensions: Individual, culture, action and systems.
While others differentiate leadership from management this definition includes both because, to fully implement innovative change, the organizational leaders need to both set the strategy and be sufficiently involved in the tactics to ensure innovation and changes happen. This does not mean micro managing – it means an awareness and involvement in all elements of the innovation and change process. This includes continually growing and evolving leadership capacity and actions, leading and implementing culture and system changes within the organization.
Let’s look at an example of a leader who faced a change she had not previously faced in her business.