Leading innovation: Mutual Influence (week 7)

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Fresh Leadership For A New Age: A Series On The Art And Practice Of Leading Innovation The award-winning book Collective Genius by our founding partners Dr. Linda Hill and team reveals the strategies behind some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Their research makes it clear that a fresh approach to leadership is critical for organizations needing to sustain innovation or create transformative change. This 22-week series features tips on when and how you can bring this new leadership style to life in your organization. - image shows a lightbulb made of fresh fruit

Leading innovation: Mutual influence (week 7)

To lead innovation with mutual influence, build mutually respectful and beneficial relationships. Influence is two-way.

Traditional leadership:

The conventional view has been that influence is tied to your seniority, position, or who you know. Influence is one-way.

A fresh approach:

In the new era,  influence is mutual and tied to your ability to build mutually respectful and beneficial relationships. Influence is two-way.

Bring it to life:

  • Try to discover everyone’s opinion and be patient and receptive while they make their case
  • Expect and seek feedback from all that can be helpful
  • Encourage people to advocate for their points of view
  • Evaluate ideas based on their merits, not on who contributed the idea
  • Take all employees’ ideas seriously, whether they are senior or junior, expert or novice, etc.
  • Ensure that meetings and conversations are not dominated by a few voices, including your own
  • Aim to step back in meetings. Avoid derailing/taking over conversations or always having the last word
  • Ensure all teams are soliciting input

Next Week: Mutual Trust

Foster a culture of mutual trust based on competence and character.

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