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Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential by Jay Moran, Jeffrey Cohn

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VISION AND INNOVATION

Whenever we are called on to assist an organization in identifying its top talent, one leadership competency seems to pop up again and again: innovative thinking. Especially in a tough economy, this quality is always high on any group's wish list. Innovative ability might also be the single aspect of leadership that organizations tell us is most difficult to find. “Is the next Steve Jobs already working for us? Can you help us figure out who that person is?” they often ask. Innovative thinking is closely related to vision (one cannot be innovative without having vision), but what exactly does it mean, and how do we identify this quality in high-potential leaders?

Good innovators have the rare ability to bring their visions ...

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