You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.— Steve Jobs
Spectacular Innovative Leadership quotations
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something.
You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Be a leader by example. Be confident and humble. Love the unloved.
When trust is high, the dividend you receive is like a performance multiplier, elevating and improving every dimension of your organization and your life.... In a company, high trust materially improves communication, collaboration, execution, innovation, strategy, engagement, partnering, and relationships with all stakeholders.
When all think alike, then no one is thinking
Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form.
Leadership is an action, not a position.
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
Conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation.
People don't learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference.
Innovation needs to be nurtured throughout an organization.
Management is doing things right, whereas leadership is doing the right things.
Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas.
Australia has got some of the best sports people in the world, but we've also got some of the best scientists and innovators too, and that needs to be celebrated more.
I dream of things that are not and ask why not.
Leadership simply begins with the courage to be yourself. So everyone else can be, too.
Exploration is the engine that drives innovation.
Innovation drives economic growth. So let's all go exploring.
All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules;
otherwise we would never have anything new.
The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.
It's important to be innovative when times are prosperous.
It's essential to be innovative when they are not.
It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.
Seeing what is wrong and how it could be made right propels us into action, but in that action we often leave other people behind and don't give ourselves enough time to be present, or to stop and reflect. Leaders have to get comfortable with pausing in that uncomfortable gap.
A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey.
The achievement of excellence can only occur if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction.
The manager administers; the leader innovates.
I'm no innovator. If anything I'm a stealer, or borrower. I've stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
All lives have equal value. And so you say, 'why do poor children die when other children don't? Why do some people have enough nutrition or reasonable toilets and other people don't?' So those basic needs that, through innovation, actually it's very affordable to bring them...to everyone.
For values or guiding principles to be truly effective they have to be verbs.
It's not "integrity," it's "always do the right thing." It's not "innovation," it's "look at the problem from a different angle." Articulating our values as verbs gives us a clear idea - we have a clear idea of how to act in any situation.
Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.
A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.
Year after year after year, people write books about managing innovation or about leadership, for example, without ever going through the pain of saying, "This kind of leadership will cause this result in these circumstances and a very different result in those circumstances." This is academic malpractice of the worst kind.
The United States is the most innovative country in the world.
But our leadership could slip away if we fail to properly fund primary, secondary and higher education.
Someone once said that innovation is a done idea.
I agree. I believe that creativity is the individual development and conceptualization and that innovation in an organizational sense is implementing ideas and intentions that come from that creativity. So in a sense, creativity is more a leadership function and innovation is more a managerial function.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
I have a fundamental belief in the goodness and strength of the American worker.
And the American worker is the most productive, the most innovative. America is still the greatest producer, exporter and importer. I have a fundamental belief in the United States of America. And I still believe, under the right leadership, our best days are ahead of us.
The first mistake is believing that transformational initiatives can be accomplished through normal channels and means. This cannot be done because there are too many conflicting interests that are competing to impede. The second is mistaking incubation for transformation and concluding that failure to achieve escape velocity is due to lack of innovation. It never is. It is always do to lack of leadership focus and, especially, fortitude.
In my talks in organizations around the world I ask, "What kind of leadership do we need now?" The most common responses are "adaptable," "flexible," and "innovative." This isn't surprising, in light of how fast and overwhelming is the pace of change in our world.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
If we are going to out-innovate, out-compete, out-educate other countries, it's going to be women who make a difference, it's women who are going to lead the way and you know, until women get that rightful place and decision making and leadership and growth, America won't realize all her potential.
Because these firms listened to their customers, invested aggressively in new technologies that would provide their customers more and better products of the sort they wanted, and because they carefully studied market trends and systematically allocated investment capital to innovations that promised the best returns, they lost their positions of leadership.
Challenge is the opportunity for greatness.
People do their best when there is an opportunity to change how things currently stand. Maintaining the status quo facilitates mediocrity. Those who embrace this practice do not wish to rest on their laurels. They motivate others to exceed their limits and look for innovative ways to improve the organization.
Draconian limits on economic growth and on the use of the automobile should not be necessary in order to give Americans clean air at levels they are willing to pay for, but it will require significant Federal, State, and local leadership and innovative approaches from government and industry.
In every company, there is not only the active and passive sex, but, in both men and women, a deeper and more important sex of mind, namely, the inventive or creative class of both men and women, and the uninventive or accepting class.