Innovation is not something that springs in and out of fashion. In this article, we explore ways in which leadership can create a culture of innovation in the workplace.
Innovation is not faddish.
Over the years, I have realized that the ability to freely ideate and dive into brainstorming sessions – is a luxury that most leaders can no longer afford.
When you’re up against a rapidly changing financial landscape, you need to be agile to respond effectively and innovate in new ways.
Today, most organizations are still working on that one ‘aha moment’ that they had right at the genesis of it all! Strategic foresight is missing from most boardroom discussions. Teams are looking to meet deadlines day in and out while putting out fires along the way – leaving them no time for futuristic thinking.
— Chris Gledhill (@cgledhill) February 27, 2018
Take it from me when I say that innovation needs to be woven into your company culture – so much so that it becomes a strategic capability driving value and growth. The leadership teams are tasked with the responsibility to build cultures that celebrate ideation and innovation.
Cultivating innovation in the workplace: The onus is on the leadership
The World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Jobs Report 2020’ has rated innovation as one of the top skills that will be demanded in the workplace for the next five years.
Innovation in the workplace not only promotes growth but is an important factor in accelerating an organization’s pace of change.
Make no mistake – innovation must be a top-down initiative.
A leadership that is invested in futuristic thinking, is the cornerstone for building a culture that is big on innovation! What we see today is a huge gap between the aspiration to innovate and the ability to put this into action.
To those in the leadership seat, I know while you’re weathering the road ahead – fuelling innovation might seem challenging. But you are in a position where connecting the dots comes easily and the way you behave sends strong signals to your employees. Be sure to lead by example and to create an environment that is deep-rooted in progression and innovation.
My mentors and friends in the industry have set great examples for innovative leadership. From what I’ve learned over the years, here are a few qualities that will help you stimulate innovation in the workplace:
Here are 5 ways in which the top management and leadership can effectively drive innovation and accomplish strategic goals:
The sooner we realize that innovation is not something that springs in and out of fashion, the better for us all.
Fostering innovation in the workplace makes employees feel that their opinions are valued and builds a culture of trust. We at Opus believe that creating a collaborative culture paves the way for sustained innovation.
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Chief Executive Officer, Opus