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


Effective leaders attend to both who they are and how they lead. The best leaders understand who they are and understand that “they” are as important as their ability to perform leadership functions. Innovative Leadership helps leaders elevate their self-awareness and presence and build leadership skills. 

The following chart depicts the Institute’s Innovative Leadership Framework. 

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Our recent short article in Forbes – Innovative Leadership: An Ongoing Development Journey explores how Innovative Leadership works. To learn more about our point of view and approach, read our recent article in Amplify! for a detailed exploration of our approach to Innovative Leadership Leading Post-Pandemic and Beyond.

The Innovative Leadership framework basics are shared in this video, taken from Maureen Metcalf’s presentation through the Franklin University Mason Leadership Center.


The following chart depicts the Institute’s Innovative Leadership Framework. 



Innovative Leadership Mindsets

A critical element of Innovative Leadership is the leader’s mindset. Our research revealed the following seven mindsets as foundational for highly effective leadership, particularly during 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

Unstoppable and unflappable when on a mission.