“How do I become a great leader?” It’s a question I hear every day from senior business executives as well as current and prospective MBA students. Why does this remain such a puzzle? Organizations spend billions of dollars each year on leadership development and there are more than 130,000 books on leadership available at Amazon. Shouldn’t the answer be abundantly clear?
In today’s dynamic, global market, knowing how to manage a diverse workforce is more important than ever, and that includes the growing population of millennials. As a group millennials have many unique qualities which make them desirable employees. A wise leader will be willing not only to work with, but also to learn from, this digitally-savvy generation.
Clayton Christensen and his coauthors in The Innovator’s DNA highlight five key skills that we can develop to become great innovators. The good news is that we do not have to be good at all five skills to be a good innovator. For example, Scott Cook of Intuit is strong in observational skills. Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, is good at networking, Jeff Bezos’ strong suite is experimentation. Steve Jobs was strong at associating.
Research involving identical twins suggests that only about 20-25 per cent of our creativity ability is genetic. So close to 80% of our creative ability can be developed.