5 Things Leaders Do That Stifle Innovation

Is your leadership team limiting your growth? Find out the top 5 things leaders do that will stifle innovation at your company.
5 Things Leaders Do That Stifle Innovation

In 2018, the U.S. slipped out of Bloomberg’s top 10 most innovative countries for the first time. But this isn’t necessarily a hint of entrepreneurship’s demise; it’s a reflection of the tumultuous environment we find ourselves in — one that’s rife with unpredictability.

The most detrimental, and common, derailers identified are:

  • Unconscious neglect: a tendency toward carelessness and impulsivity, such as sending work before it’s ready or rushing to send responses that come across as uncaring.
  • Overprotectiveness: reserving your best work and being reluctant to share achievements for fear that your ideas will be stolen.
  • Overconfidence: leaning on your ego and willpower rather than asking for help, even when you need it.
  • Overexertion: pushing yourself beyond reasonable limits.
  • Devaluation: taking success for granted and under-appreciating relationships and resources out of an urge to pursue “the next new thing.”
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