There’s a really interesting discussion thread happening over at Ideaflow regarding the role fear plays with innovation. In particular, the talk is of disruptive innovation and the fear that someone else’s new technology will replace rather than enhance your current technology.
Current business leaders… can “either manage the discontinuities and disruptions or lose [or never attain in the first place] their leadership roles.”
So if it’s capitalism itself that is ripe for disruptive innovation, then the new class of successful business leaders won’t be the ethical accountants or the finance gurus. Not even the sharp-as-a-tack strategists. There will be a place and a use for those folks, but the leaders will be the innovators – either currently successful innovators, or really smart people who understand innovation, understand disruption, and who understand how to lead others past their fear.