"Psychologists have established that to most people, the prototypical leader reduces uncertainty and promotes stability, emphasizing shared goals and group identity to preserve the status quo. The stereotypes of creative people are at odds with that definition; the very act of advocating unproven solutions can be seen as rocking the boat."Matt Palmquist
This research caught my attention because of its stark contrast to recent trends pushing leaders to spearhead innovation within their companies. While I think this quote refers more to senior managers than it does senior leaders, the corresponding article brings some interesting points to the surface that warns creative thinkers to proceed with caution when climbing the corporate ladder. The very nature of creativity is born from demand for positive change and it is often the case for any change to be challenged by the steady beat of the status quo. Click here to read the full article text.