Innovators are out in front of everyone else. They can’t help it. By looking toward the future, they lead industries, companies, organizations and teams. I have always liked the phrase, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” This is the way it is in innovation, you must lead, follow an innovative leader, or get run over by someone who will.
Here are some thoughts on leadership and innovation. You may find a thought that, if you take it to heart, will help you lead your innovation to success.
I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been. – Sam Walton
Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. – Peter Drucker
The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. – Marcus Aurelius
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it. – Steve Jobs