Innovative Leadership is an integrated process of meeting the organization’s vision and stakeholder goals by influencing followers. 

Effective leaders attend to who they are and how they lead. The best leaders understand who they are and how they are can be as important as their technical ability to do a leadership task. ILI helps leaders elevate their self-awareness and presence and build leadership skills. We expect our Forbes article on the Innovative Leadership Framework to be published in early May. We will post this article as soon as it goes live to share additional information about the framework. See the Forbes article for additional information.

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An important element of innovative leadership is the mindset of the leader. Our research surfaced the following seven mindsets as foundational for highly effective leadership during times of uncertainty and change. 

360-Degree Thinker

Takes a systems view, understanding the context and interconnectedness of systems when making critical decisions.

Professionally Humble

Cares more about the organization’s success than success and image.

Innately Collaborative

Welcomes collaboration in a quest for novel solutions that serve the highest outcome for all involved.

Intellectually Versatile

Develops interests, expertise, and curiosity beyond the job and organization; is a life-long learner.

Highly Authentic and Reflective

Is not constrained by personal appearance but is highly focused on individual behavior;  committed to learning and growth of self and others.

Able to Inspire Followership

Connects with people at all levels of the organization to create and implement a shared vision.

Unwavering Commitment to Right Action

Is unstoppable and unflappable when on a mission.