True Leaders Have Strong Innovative Tendencies

May 30, 2012

True leaders provide the thought leadership necessary for, and create an open environment that fosters, genuine creativity—leading to true innovation in the policies, procedures, programs, and tools used by their organizations. As Alexander Hiam (the author of Business Innovation for Dummies) said, “Innovation is, in my book, simply a fertile union of creativity and leadership.”

Although true leaders do not suggest or implement change just for the sake of change (since doing so is simply disruptive, and creates unnecessary “churn” in an organization), they are not afraid of change. In fact, they embrace change for the benefits it brings.

True leaders have a genuine interest in helping their colleagues, teams, and organizations be as efficient and as effective as possible—thus they look for innovative ways of enhancing the organization’s productivity. You’ll often hear true leaders say, “Can’t we do this better, with less effort?”

Even then, when they innovate, they focus on doing so in a non-disruptive manner—with the understanding that changes in policies and procedures, as well as in technology, need to be well planned for, appropriately communicated, and rolled out in a fashion that leads to welcome adoption vs. disdainful resistance.

To affect positive change, true leaders cultivate a culture of creative thinking where “the rules” are challenged, and challenges are faced head-on.

Great managers may be very good at keeping a successful business operation and running smoothly. True (and innovative) leaders, however, strive for excellence—because simply doing things well just doesn’t light the fire of a true leader.

Allen Stalvey
Director of Operations / Program Director
Dallas / Fort Worth Area
http://allenstalvey.com


Personal Introduction

January 26, 2009

Allen Stalvey

Welcome to my blog, where I will be touching on key leadership-related topics as I attempt to define and expound on what I call “true leadership.”

As a specialist in developing and enhancing corporate processes, policies, tools and standards while improving organizational productivity, quality, and timeliness—I have learned that it’s not just what you do that matters, but also how you do it.

In a world where some may say the end justifies the means, I hold the view that true and lasting success (both personally and organizationally) can only be achieved by practicing a set of leadership principles that foster sustained performance.

In this blog you’ll read more about my views on what true leadership entails, and hopefully glean key insights that will aid you in your journey.

Allen Stalvey
Director of Operations / Program Director
Dallas / Fort Worth Area
http://allenstalvey.com