A Bias against ‘Quirky’? Why Creative People Are Not Chosen as Leaders

leaders who are the most original may be overlooked “in favor of selecting leaders who would preserve the status quo by sticking with feasible, but relatively unoriginal solutions.” They suggest that the reality created by this bias could explain why the IBM survey of leaders found that many expressed doubt or a lack of confidence in their ability to take charge in times of complexity. Those leaders were ostensibly promoted “based on this prototypical perception of leadership and now find themselves in a world that has vastly changed, one that requires much more creative responses and thinking.

We all seem to know that creativity is good and it’s more needed than ever before in this fast paced world. So why do many creative organizations get bogged down and forget how to innovate? This article about creative leadership shares some insight into why that happens.


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