The article tiled ‘Innovation: Leadership Is Always the Key’ written by Edwards W. Deming discussed the issues that plagued innovation within an organization that were caused by a lack of strong and independent top leadership. In the article, Deming states that innovation efforts may due to poor leadership. Taking a cultural approach, the article assessed and concluded that the conventional values that stressed on the measurable and predictable activities formed the foundation of most administration activities instead of risk signs that were more influential and threatening. Deming commented that when projects were successful, people were quick to ‘attribute them to their ability to manage – rather than lead’ (Deming, 2013 line 37). The next section of the article concentrated on the psychological processes that occur in most employees and managers that cause them to miss the important aspect of leadership in innovation. The last part of the article focused on three main traits that were present in innovative cultures: trust, diversity and risk and assessed the extent to which most cultures had these three elements.
Connection between article and course
The article is closely related to administration as a course in several ways. One, administration involves the resourceful organization of people and other assets with the purpose of directing events toward common targets and goals. Innovation is one of the processes in the pursuit of these goals. Therefore, realizing proper leadership will enhance leadership in an organization will serve to facilitate goal achievement. Leadership and innovation are also related to administration in that the two aspects compliment each other. It is virtually impossible for a leader to operate without innovation while innovation without leadership will not be useful. Lastly, innovation is necessary in the workplace environment as different unique situations present themselves that may require creativity by administrators. The increased adoption of innovation within administration circles will serve to increase the creativity and development of ideas within different departments. Keeping in mind that administration is a multifaceted field that requires the constant influx of fresh ideas, the adoption of innovation will improve the quality and speed of service delivery.
In my opinion, the adoption of innovation in leadership was long overdue and would be quickly embraced by most leaders. This is because the administration sector is in need of highly innovative leaders that are quick in developing tailor made ideas that can work for unique situations and employees. Currently, most people focus on systems and therefore forget that innovation is a by-product of systems and that ‘leadership drives innovation’ (Deming, 2013 line 176). Innovative leadership can also contribute toward increased productivity among the employees by motivating them. Ultimately, avoiding the systems of assessment and measurement of employee performance and adopting innovative leadership approaches is bound to have results that are more positive.
Most companies are built on a foundation proposed by either the Weberian model of bureaucracy or the Systems Model. Therefore, in their daily activities, systems of evaluation and measurements of results take center stage. It is common for most formal organizations to have employee appraisal exercises and other practices that seek to realize the performance of these employees. Therefore, most of these organizations lack innovative leadership as people are limited to set methods of operations. By promoting and cultivating strong leadership among the top management staff, organizations can realize far greater outcomes in their administration goals.
Deming E. W. (2013). Innovation: Leadership Is Always The Key. Forbes. 176