I have attached an example paper please use the headings that are used in that paper for this assignment.
Assignment: Individual Reflection: Creativity, Leadership, and Innovation: A Self-Assessment
Dyer, Gregersen, and Christensen, in their essential components of “The Innovatorâ€s DNA” make the important point that, while all successful innovators share certain characteristics, those characteristics are not literally written into an innovatorâ€s DNA. Instead, it is essential to practice thinking creatively. What innovators achieve is the result of their actions and what they do, not simply who they are.
With this in mind, it stands to reason that it is important to periodically assess whether you are on the right track in developing the skills of a leader who successfully fosters creativity in the organization. This self-assessment is not the final verdict on the level or depth of your creativity or your potential success as an innovator, but instead is an important part of understanding the ways you currently lead others and thinking about how you will lead others in the future.
Regardless of where you are in the organization, there are leadership characteristics you have or would like to strive towards as you develop professionally. For this Individual Reflection you will identify and describe an innovation leader who has inspired you. This Individual Reflection will allow you to conduct a personal analysis of leadership qualities between you and an innovation leader to help you identify key leadership dimensions that you can develop.
Note: For the sake of clarity, be mindful during this Individual Reflection to focus on a leader that you admire who inspires innovation and not a leader who is innovative in terms of leadership style and characteristics.
For this Individual Reflection, describe a person who successfully brought together leadership, foresight, creativity, and innovation. This person should be someone with whom you have worked or who has inspired you in your professional career or personal life. (Note: You do not need to identify the individual by name, if he or she is someone you personally know). Be sure to include the following:
Submit a paper that addresses the four areas listed above. Include your Innovation Leader Characteristic Inventory within the body or your paper or as an Appendix, depending on what makes better sense for the way you organize your assignment.
Document: Week 7 Weekly Briefing (PDF)
The Week 7 Weekly Briefing provides an essential introduction to the content and concepts that you will be studying during the week. After viewing the Weekly Introduction, the Week 7 Weekly Briefing should be your initial reading this week.
Grivas, C., & Puccio, G. J. (2012). The innovative team: Unleashing creative potential for breakthrough results. Retrieved from http://www.vitalsource.com/Pages/home.aspx
- Chapter 22, “The Combination of Preferences Within People” (pp. 231â€“236)
- Chapter 23, “Creating Conditions for Success” (pp. 237â€“241)
de Jong, J., Den Hartog, D. (2007). How leaders influence employeesâ€ innovative behavior. European Journal of Innovation Management, 10(1), 41â€“64.
This article offers an inventory of leader behaviors that can positively influence employeesâ€ innovative behavior. The authors discover 13 relevant leadership behaviors exhibited in knowledge-intensive service jobs such as consulting, research, and engineering.
Nodeson, S., & Beleya, P. (2012) Leadership role in handling employeeâ€s resistance: Implementation of innovation. Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business. 4(1). 466â€“477.
This article discusses the role of the leader in managing innovation, particularly resistance to innovation. Leadership skills and building relationships are discussed.
Royal, C. (2009). An analysis of leadership development gaps for arts executives in the not-for-profit sector. Proceedings Of The European Conference On Management, Leadership & Governance, 222-231.
This article examines the priorities of developing leaders in the context of other human capital systems. Continuity of leadership is examined as a goal for leadership development.
Amabile, T. M., & Khaire, M. (2008). Creativity and the role of the leader. Harvard Business Review, 86(10), 100â€“109.
What would you like to learn from scholars about creativity and from executives from innovative companies about how to generate great ideas? In this article, Theresa Amabile and Mukti Khaire discuss the themes, tactics, and leadership practices that came out of a two-day colloquium held for leading creativity scholars and executives from companies like Google, IDEO, Novartis, Intuit, and E Ink about managing for creativity to generate innovative ideas. The authors present varied theories and frameworks to give leaders a playbook of sorts for increasing innovation.
Dyer, J. H., Gregersen, H. B., & Christensen, C. M. (2009). The innovatorâ€s DNA. Harvard Business Review, 87(12), 60â€“67.
Who is the most innovative person you have known in your own life? Dyer, Gregersen, and Christensen have studied many of the business world’s top innovators in an attempt to determine what common traits they might have. The authorsâ€ final conclusion is not that innovators have certain inherent traits that separate them from the rest of us, but that they consistently practice five ‘discovery skillsâ€ which stimulate their creative thinking and lead to breakthroughs.
Tushman, M. L., Smith, W. K., & Binns, A. (2011, June). The ambidextrous CEO. Harvard Business Review, 89(6), 74â€“80.
What happens when innovative ideas can disrupt established business units in a successful organization? This article discusses the need for leaders to balance the tensions of established business units that have a long-standing claim on resources, with the speculative units of the organization that exist for innovation. The authors discuss ways leaders can embrace inconsistency when these units can have conflicting and multiple agendas.
Document: Leader Characteristic Inventory Handout (Word document)
This document will provide a place to organize ideas about innovation leader characteristics as you complete your self-assessment in the Individual Reflection.