In any organization, innovation unlocks the doors of success. This modernized era we live in is scorching with technological progress. This indeed creates countless opportunities for the working entities in the country. Along with the economic growth, the political environment of the country also moves towards development. With a few years, the basic traits of any organization will be defined based on their innovative ideas and their thrive for technological advancements.
A survey made in 2015 by the Centre for Creative Leadership says that there is 94 percent of the population who thinks that innovation is a necessity for the success of any organization and there is 14 percent of them who says that they have effectively run their organization over innovation.
According to many organizations, a better understanding of the leadership role is the base behind fostering innovation. The significant leadership role is manifested when the innovation efforts are made for the success and the work has been done in the direction of better modifications.
But we must understand that there is always strong guidance struggling for innovation. What are those key points which can be defined as the leading way to innovation? There are a few important characteristics very crucial for bringing innovation in any industry.
Leaders of the industry must be supportive in the direction of innovation and develop the work environment in the organization supporting innovation. There must be a proper understanding of the innovation strategy and budget requirements. The direction of effort which will lead to the required innovation in the industry plays a crucial role.
Let’s have a look at the key factor required for the innovation and how they work for innovation in the organization.
Strong Leadership that Supports Innovation
The outcomes of any innovation created cannot be discovered and they are always defined irregular. While traditional leadership works in the context to develop outstanding results relevant to the management and performance of the industry, innovation leadership is entirely different and works in a risky manner.
The innovative leadership behavior is developed on considering several attributes like case-studies, knowledge about the competitors, relevant company data to understand present and pas company plots. Innovation leadership is the idea of gazing at the same scenario in new ways.
Always the leadership behind the innovation works distinctly from the leadership of already successful execution. Many innovation leadership happens to believe in this snare that they always need to work differently from operational leadership. Yes, they need to work differently but the difference is referred to their approach towards innovation. The same approach towards innovation and an existing operation is more likely to fall badly.
Making incremental moves in the operational approach will not work as the innovation strategy but it is required to create new ways. The approach of leadership must be innovative and different. For any organization to adopt innovation for the betterment of the growth the leadership must embrace the values, habits, beliefs and follow the methods that encourage innovation.
Different Approach to Innovation Leadership
In traditionally leading the business the only focus is on the predefined goals and the ways to achieve those goals but still, even after the clarity success ratio will not always be 100 percent. When you will be well-informed enough about the steps of operational leadership it will be a lot easier for you to notice whether the track you are following is right or not. But in the case of innovation leadership, it happens to be in an unusual manner.
There are several organizations fail to understand the distinct approach of innovation leadership and the implications for the same. There are many ways in which behaviors of innovation leadership and traditional leadership differ. Let us understand how and what are the difference between both the approaches.
Plan of Action
If we talk about traditional leadership, its way of action can be easily designed according to the past scenarios, competitor’s approach, and ceremonial proficiency. But for the innovation, there is no predefined plan of action. Innovation leading team is responsible for formulating the way to innovation without having any idea about success and accuracy.
Management of Challenges
In traditional leadership approach, the ways to handle the challenges and problems that may arise in the way of success can be easily recognized based on past experiences. While in the innovation process, the challenges are uncharted and no one has faced them before. The management of both leaderships towards obstacles is radically different.
The financial status and revenue of the organization can be calculated based on the market and the investment. Leaders are aware of the approximate finance creation and can accordingly plan the next steps. Comparatively, the revenue of the innovation is unknown and it cannot be predicted what will be the return of the investment done in innovation.
What we can conclude is that innovation it self defines its process that is discoveries, new ways, new approach. The leadership working behind this novel project describes their passion and their thrill to experience the daily variations in the ways. It’s unique factors make it interesting and thrilling.
Bhagyashree Soni is a software engineer with soft writing skills. She is a degree holder from the International School of Entrepreneurial Leadership. She has been a state-level badminton champion and chess player. A woman with a forthright attitude enjoys her writing passion as her chosen career. Writing in the context of feminism, social-cause and entreprenurship is her forte.