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Leadership, purpose and priorities for excellence and innovation

Leadership, purpose and priorities for excellence and innovation

Coulson-Thomas, Colin (2022) Leadership, purpose and priorities for excellence and innovation. Effective Executive, 25 (3). pp. 24-40. ISSN 0972-5172

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This article explores the role a board might play in relation to excellence and innovation, and in confronting shared challenges and existential threats. It suggests issues and questions to consider in relation to board leadership, its exercise, focus and performance. Critical thinking, diversity and digital technologies can be enablers of innovation, which may be desirable if it addresses existential threats, supports required transition and transformation journeys, and delivers positive externalities. Boards are encouraged to reflect on the purpose of innovation and the focus of excellence, their application and their limits. Opportunities to create sustainable communities, cities and societies and less stressful and resource intensive and simpler, healthier and more fulfilling lifestyles are legion. Many boardroom teams have an unprecedented opportunity to initiate, collaborate and make a difference. Whether or not an individual board and company is excellent and/or innovative may be less important for future survival than whether a community or society is, and whether individually and collectively boards have the will and drive to question, think and act in pursuit of responsible, inclusive and sustainable activities, lifestyles and outcomes for humanity and the natural world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate leadership; existential threats; innovation and change management; digital technologies; environmental sustainability; sustainable lifestyles
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Leadership & Organisational Behaviour Research Group (LOB)
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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