Traditional notions of individual-based leadership behaviors are no longer adequate to achieve innovation in health care organizations. A major contributing factor for limited innovation is that outdated leadership practices, such as leader centricity, linear thinking, and poor readiness for innovation, are being used in health care organizations. Through a qualitative case study analysis of innovation implementation, 7 characteristics of innovation leadership, founded in team behaviors, were uncovered. The characteristics that were uncovered included boundary spanning, risk taking, visioning, leveraging opportunity, adaptation, coordination of information flow, and facilitation. These characteristics describe how leaders throughout the system were able to influence and implement innovation successfully.
Nursing Innovation, Innovation & Advanced Technology and National Patient Services, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California, and Auxiliary Faculty, College of Nursing, the Ohio State University, Columbus (Dr Weberg), and Member Services, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California (Ms Weberg).
Correspondence: Dan Weberg, PhD, MHI, RN, Nursing Innovation, Innovation & Advanced Technology and National Patient Services, Kaiser Permanente, 2101 Webster St, 9th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612 (Danweberg@gmail.com).
Special thanks to Kathy Malloch, Julie Fleury, Tim Porter-O'Grady, and Debra Hagler for their mentorship of this important work.
The authors declare no funding or conflict of interest.