Smart leaders hire for enthusiasm, as a genuinely enthusiastic worker drives innovation, boosts productivity and improves a company's culture. "Instead of seeing the roadblock and turning around, enthusiastic people find workarounds. They'll go over, under, around -- or just build a new road," writes Michael Hyatt.
CEOs benefit from executive teams that keep the big picture in mind as data are presented and look beyond day-to-day operations, writes veteran CEO Joel Trammell. "[I]f you're not clear about what you need, not even the CEO will be able to help effectively," Trammell writes.
It's important to take a clear-eyed look at yourself from time to time, but it's equally important to actually act on that self-knowledge, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Consider setting specific goals, creating an action plan and measuring your progress through an accountability partner.
There's no such thing as fire-and-forget innovation, writes Scott Anthony. Leaders can't just get innovation projects up and running -- they need to remain involved and champion the work being done. "Innovation is enough of an unnatural act in most companies ... that it requires the day-by-day attention of the company's top leadership team or it simply won't stick," Anthony warns.
Having a professional network requires active management, not simply collecting names, says Linda Hill of Harvard Business School in this Big Think video. "Do they trust me? Do we have mutual expectations? Can I influence them? Can they influence me? If the answers are no to those questions, then you have not built the right kind of relationships," she said.