A great leader continually challenges her people to push beyond their current comfort zones. But pushing people too relentlessly eventually prompts fear and fatigue, both of which undermine great performance. In this case, the balancing opposite is nurturing and caring for those one leads.
However, without innovation, businesses are woefully unprepared to capitalize on new market developments, adopt advancing technologies, and prevent competition from taking their market share. To survive, companies must be able to change with the times.
By clearly communicating an inspiring mission, a leader can tap into a great source of energy and motivation for employees. A solid mission communicates why employees are doing something, not just how.
For too long, the primary value exchange between employees and their employers has been time for money, and not much more.
For the majority of us, implementing an innovative idea at a corporation is akin to running a marathon, with no end in sight. In fact, the innovation process is so difficult that even after being patented, 98 percent of ideas never make it to market.