Van de Ven’s leadership rhythms
Innovation needs different kinds of leadership at different times. Sometimes it needs someone to obsess about the idea and making it work in the real world. Sometimes it needs someone to invest in the idea and introduce it to new friends. Other times, a new idea needs protection or a critic.
Look at the traditional stages of a new idea moving from formation, through development and into implementation. Each of these stages will involve different leadership roles to keep the new idea progressing and to make judgements about how new ideas should best develop. Many attempts at innovation use just ...