Expert Perspective from Grahall’s OmniMedia Editorial Board
We enjoyed and for the most part agree with the recent blog in Forbes by Chunka Mui “Are the People in Your Organization Too Smart to be Creative?” It may seem incongruous that scholarly research “in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology by Jennifer Mueller, Jack Goncalo, and Dishan Kamdar found that open expression of creative ideas was negatively correlated with perceptions of leadership potential” while studies of CEO’s by PWC found that “…innovation was a key focal point.” IBM found that creativity was “…the most important leadership quality”.
What that shows is that CEO’s either 1) don’t know themselves or their biases very well, or 2) their definitions of creativity and innovation differ for themselves and their possible successors. CEOs may hold the belief that “my type of creativity and innovation is ‘good’ and yours is ‘bad’”. Let’s face it, it’s very hard to see oneself objectively, perhaps especially if you are a hard driving, effective CEO.
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