Leadership and the Innovative Culture

In 1912, Sir Earnest Shackelton, along with 27 men and their ship became stuck in an icepack while trying to reach Antarctica. They remained on the icepack for over 450 days. The innovation and optimism of Shackelton kept his men from starving, going mad, or undisciplined behavior. Their dire straits necessitated using every resource available in novel ways. Though many arctic explorations of the time ended in death and disaster, none of Shackleton’s men died despite extreme odds.

Leadership has a high impact on an organization’s innovation initiatives. These activities aid innovation.


Employees are constantly on the lookout for clues from leadership on direction. The more that leaders communicate ...

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