Innovation Defines Leadership

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs.

When you decide to innovate, you are choosing to see change as the ultimate opportunity, not as a threat to what has been in the past. It is critical to understand that innovation inherently means you are risking failure; however, choosing not to innovate will guarantee your failure. One way to mitigate risk is to have your team poke holes in the concepts and work to improve the end result before launch. Ultimately, the leader will need to take the risk or risk being left behind by competition. I would always risk being ahead of a market rather than being left behind by it.

Heather Monahan, Top 50 Keynote Speaker, Author, Board Member, Former C-Suite Executive