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Leadership Innovation – a Chinese View

Leadership Innovation – a Chinese View

In the recent Innovation Excellence article by Pearl Zhu entitled “Leadership Innovation – a Chinese View,” the author makes the case that owing to the complex and extremely volatile economy, the future leaders will have to play the “Big Brain Game” to there will be a change in mindsets of the leaders, that will collectively cause innovation in China. In light of this, what are the 7 game changing mindsets for the future of leadership?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The world at this time has changed a lot. It is an ever changing environment wherein there are different things discovered and invented almost every day. The economy can change from time to time. It is very unpredictable. But what remains to be the focus is – Innovation.

In the future globally digitized world, the leader of each country will have to play the role of the main problem solver. As a leader, he is expected to have gone through each angle of a problem and be able to solve these problems with every steps and solutions there is. Comments and suggestions will also become important because, in solving these problems, the leader should not just rely on one’s own opinion.

Innovation is very important for our modern world. In China’s point of view, there are 7 game changing mindsets to consider for innovation to occur. These are:

1. Be authentic: Authentic also means original. Having originality means having uniqueness, and being a unique leader will promote innovation and have a positive influence on people.

2. Pursue a Life Purpose Greater than Self: With today’s modern technology, any individual can build up a string professional and personal profile. Each individual may become the leader of one’s own domain while being under the leader of a much larger domain.

3. Curiosity is Imperative: Curiosity is the main reason that motivates people to explore a different area other than his or her comfort zone. It helps in gaining more knowledge and it helps people to view a point on a different perspective. Curiosity is the thing that nurtures the creative thinker and the lifetime learner.

4. Cross-Boundary Leadership: Due to the internet, different countries across the world have been interwoven. It crosses the boundaries of cultural, industrial, and functional aspects.

5. Unconventional Thinkers: Being unconventional means you are strategic, and to be strategic promotes innovation. There are four “I’s that future leaders should cultivate, and these are: Insight, Imagination, Innovation and Improvement.

6. Ask Effective Questions: Just like what Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Asking effective questions should be the focus of the future leader because this will help others to think about different solutions to solve problems.

7. Add some Fresh Styles: Diversity is very essential to leadership’s future. The future leader should be more open to suggestions and other styles other the previous ones. The future leader must be collaborative and open to innovative and creative solutions.

While the management of previous generation management was primarily focused on authority, idealism and efficiency, sometimes hierarchy, greed and arrogance; the future leaders can only succeed if they are more open, colorful and collaborative. In this regard, the nature of leadership has completely changed and it is more about pursuing the life call of purpose, to lead through influence.

Note: The preceding is a summary of an article found though our research, and is provided here with editorial comment for members only. Please see the full article at the following link for full original conent.

The New Asia Innovation Team