In Excellence in Leadership I wrote about leadership and innovation and how Dick Fosbury changed the way high jumpers came over the bar.
When you believe in something that’s when it’s time to really to go for it. – Dick Fosbury
Leadership and Innovation: Circumstances for Change
Innovation is not thinking different. It is doing something different. In times of change leaders make one of 3 choices:
- They oppose change and become part of the problem
- They cope with change: making adjustments to deal with the change whilst unwittingly supporting those who oppose it
- They respond to change and take response-ability
Those who oppose change or attempt to cope with it are reactive and self-centred. Their view of the world is one-dimensional. They resist or find workarounds because they think change is the problem .
It’s “us versus them.” Or “they are the problem.”
Leadership and innovation isn’t present.
Innovation only occurs when we have ownership and intent. Innovation happens when we learn to see problems through the eyes of others. In understanding and identifying with the interests and needs of others we acknowledge and respond to their worldview.
We learn to see the same situation from a different perspective.
What’s more, responsive leaders are open to problems and to people’s concerns, and organise their actions based on other considerations: they keep an eye on the aims of the intended change.
This is leadership and innovation in practice.
It is daring to change the rules! It is breaking from the norm or the status quo.
That’s what Dick Fosbury did. He dared to reach new heights.
Leadership and innovation is about believing in what is possible. It is relating to change in a new way: doing what is needed to bring us closer to what we want rather than on what is impossible.
Have Your Say
I believe leadership and innovation is about bringing new realities into existence. What do you think leadership and innovation means? Please join the discussion.
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