So, you want to be a CEO of the brightest and most respected company? You may have an awesome concept or a one-of-a-kind product that everyone needs and wants, but do you have the team with you to really make an impact in the marketplace? Are you capable of revolutionary leadership?
One of my favorite moments as a corporate executive was when I had the great opportunity to challenge the thought coming from within the organization – or better yet, toss a completely new out-of-the-box concept into the middle of my spirited group when they were least expecting it and let them challenge and contest the very core of it. If my team wasn’t prepared for debate how could we know that the idea was going to hold up when we rolled it out publicly? How can you know that the idea, product or service is the best it could possibly be if you didn’t have diversity of thought and deliberation and open review by those that should be your most passionate fans…and ultimately your sale force?
As a great leader you must be prepared to motivate and listen to the “community” of innovators within your organization and challenge, engage, collaborate – innovative and boundary blasting organizations are not the place to practice micro-management. Be curious, listen, drive creative criticism…and be a little bit fearless as you ride along with the passionate team you have formed to ensure your organization is producing the best product or service possible.
Allow and encourage revolutionary thought and build a diversely talented team and you are ripe for innovation and a rise to the top of your competitive set!
I really enjoyed reading the interview by Inc magazine with best-selling author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Leher. I hope you find it stimulating as well! Read the article HERE.