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Coaching for High Performance by MIT Sloan Management Review

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Inspiring Employee Creativity

In a thought-powered world, planning and execution are merely table stakes for leadership. Real leaders must unleash creativity.

History, I argued in a prior article, suggests that technologies shape leadership. Today’s digital technologies, in addition to requiring companies to adopt culturally neutral leadership standards, are also forcing a reassessment of core leadership principles.

Prior technological revolutions largely enabled physical work to be done better, faster, cheaper. In contrast, digital technologies are making work increasingly thought-driven; at the core of good work are ideas, concepts, intellectual property, and symbols to be manipulated on computer screens. ...

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