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Innovation Leaders: How Senior Executives Stimulate, Steer and Sustain Innovation by Jean-Philippe Deschamps

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CHAPTER 2
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT INNOVATION LEADERS?
Innovation leaders are those unique people who possess or are able to mobilize the full set of qualities needed to deliver an innovative product.
Daniel Borel Cofounder and former Chairman of the Board of Logitech1
 
If there was any doubt about the existence of a special form of leadership for innovation, it quickly evaporates when one hears senior executives of iconic innovative companies talking about leadership. Steve Jobs at Apple, for example, exhorted the 2005 Stanford graduating class to ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’2 His insistence that ‘you’ve got to find what you love,’ is his way of saying that innovation rhymes with passion which, as we shall see later, is one of the key attributes ...

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