Leaders are blessed with a variety of talents. There are those who are skilled at crisis management, and those who perform better during more stable times. There are those who are outstanding at helping others solve financial and technical problems, and those who have the high emotional intelligence needed for strong, successful relationships. Over the years, I've learned that it is a mistake to think that any one person, or any one leader, is outstanding in every management competency. That's why the best leaders surround themselves with colleagues who bring a variety of abilities to the team.
Innovation is one of those talents that is more innate in some team members than others. While nurse executives may or may not be especially innovative themselves, they can encourage others to seek pioneering approaches to old and new problems. The current edition of NAQ, Leading the Innovative Enterprise, offers a collection of articles from leaders who have nurtured innovative thinking. I hope you will read them and agree that innovation requires original thought, but can't thrive without leaders who leverage their position power in support of novel solutions and change. Those we serve depend on both.
Thanks for choosing to lead,
Kathleen Sanford, DBA, RN, FACHE, FAAN