The 10 Essential Traits of an Innovation Leader

Innovators“Innovation is a lot more than whiz-bang new products,” said John Kao, chairman of Kao and Company, a firm that advises corporations on large-scale innovation strategies. “It’s about how the technology is used, how different processes are put into place. Innovation is about paying attention to how you change the way things operate in society,” Kao explained. Here are 10 traits found in innovative leaders:

  1. Ability to set the agenda
  2. Remarkable
  3. A stomach for uncertainty
  4. Networking and communication
  5. A passionate champion for new projects
  6. Adaptability
  7. Creativity and practicality
  8. An eye on the Big Picture
  9. Forming a team
  10. Always an optimist
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