Creativity ranks as the number one most important leadership quality for business success, according to a new study by IBM. The study is based on personal interviews with some 1,500 corporate and public CEOs across 60 nations and 33 industries. The table below (via Fast Company) summarizes the key results of the IBM research.
Fast Company quotes Steven Tomasco, a manager at IBM Global Business Services, being surprised by this new finding, noting that it’s “very interesting that coming off the worst economic conditions they’d ever seen, [CEOs] didn’t fall back on management discipline, existing best practices, rigor, or operations. In fact, they [did] just the opposite.” Indeed!