8. Leading for Breakthrough Innovation

IF YOU ARE LEADING YOUR COMPANY toward becoming a change agent in the world, your attitude, culture, and systems all need to be attuned to that vision. A range of cultures and leadership styles support innovation, but they share the points described in table 8.1. Both soft foundations—culture and leadership—are delicate and need constant attention. Although cultures vary across companies and geographies, they all need to support risk taking and understand the role of innovation efforts. Trust in the leadership team—a fundamental aspect of every innovative organization—takes time; it develops over each decision and interaction, but it can quickly erode. Combining the operational excellence and incremental ...

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