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New Opportunities for Fueling Development Leading Through Innovation: The Example of the IT Sector in the Philippines

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Pub. Date : March, 2019
Product Name : Effective Executive
Product Type : Coaching and Mentoring
Product Code : EECM31903
Author Name : Stephanie Jones and Lawin Ileto
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Management
Download Format : PDF Format
No. of Pages : 08



Innovative leadership can be seen as the ability of a person leading a team to generate and realize innovative ideas. With imagination and communication, they are willing to pull the plug on an idea and redirect time and effort towards an idea with greater chances of materializing. Selfless and authentic, they accept feedback from customers and co-workers. They need to be flexible, adaptable and able to bounce back from failure. The Philippines is now benefitting from innovative leadership in IT to boost its economy. In the past 10-15 years, technology has played a key role in the Philippines' transformation into a leading destination for outsourced services including customer service, finance, and IT, especially business process outsourcing. This paper looks at four examples of successful innovative leaders in the IT sector in the Philippines—with leadership lessons on how to be an innovative leader.


What is 'innovative leadership'? Firstly, this has been defined as the ability of a person leading a team to generate innovative ideas; recognize ideas and create a vision that leads to the realization of these ideas. This process requires two main characteristics: imagination and communication. Innovative leaders focus on the big picture and continuously improve it by communicating ideas and motivating co-workers and business partners to work towards the goal.


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