In Focus/Creativity and Innovation

Good Leadership Demands a Combination of the Two

Nick Nissley

One often hears that leaders need to be creative. But I would like to be a bit provocative and question the role of creativity in the success of leaders.

What I mean is that creativity by itself is not as important to leaders as is creativity in combination with innovation. Leaders must be concerned with developing, both personally and organizationally, the dual capabilities of creativity and innovation. The success of a leader or organization cannot be realized by investment in either creativity or innovation alone. Rather, success can be realized only by investment in the two together.

As someone who has spent his life in a community of practice ...

Get Leadership in Action: In Focus—Creativity and Innovation—Good Leadership Demands a Combination of the Two now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.