Imagine a world where people wake up inspired to go to work, a world in which trust and loyalty are the rule rather than the exception.

Defining Trust And Guidance

Let’s contrast two extremes of leadership style that I have designated as the command and control leader and the innovative leader. The command and control leader is goal-oriented, authoritative and decisive. He or she is well suited to a structured regime with clear tasks. The innovative leader, on the other hand, is better suited to an ambiguous or fluid situation. He or she is much more focused on creativity, innovation and helping the team to find new ways forward.

Source: Innovation management

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

The single most important thing a boss can do, Scott has learned, is focus on guidance: giving it, receiving it, and encouraging it. Guidance, which is fundamentally just praise and criticism, is usually called “feedback,” but feedback is screechy and makes us want to put our hands over our ears. Guidance is something most of us long for.

The Innovative Leader

The innovative leader
Leads from the side
Inspires
Trusts and delegates
Finds new approaches
Harnesses the abilities of others
Has a clear vision and communicates it
Prioritizes strategic over operational issues
Asks questions and solicits suggestions
Treats staff as colleagues
Ponders and solicits input before making decisions
Builds a team who can create and innovate
Empowers
Hires based on attitude, creativity and latent capabilities
Encourages constructive dissent
Cares about ideas, peoples and the vision
Shares exposure and prestige with the team
Encourages ideas, innovation and fun
Rewards entrepreneurial action
Is ideas-oriented, analytical and intuitive
Sees technology as a means to do things entirely differently
Takes calculated risks
Is comfortable with failure

Source: Innovation management

Justification Of The Choices Made

The innovative leader, on the other hand, is better suited to an ambiguous or fluid situation. He or she is much more focused on creativity, innovation and helping the team to find new ways forward.

Source: Innovation management

The Other Alternatives That Were Not Chosen

  • Command and Control

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