Course Content
Establish Work Practices
1.1 Identify relevant stakeholders 1.2 Identify organisational objectives and practices 1.3 Evaluate current work conditions 1.4 Determine working conditions that allow innovative practices according to organisational policies and procedures 1.5 Identify organisational resources relating to innovation 1.6 Build and lead team and maximise opportunities for innovation
Create and Implement an Innovative Environment
2.1 Evaluate the impacts of changing work environment 2.2 Collaborate with stakeholders and develop ideas for enhancing work environment 2.3 Identify and select resources required for enhancing work environment 2.4 Assess the ability of the workspace to support innovation 2.5 Assist team members to adapt and perform in new work environment 3.1 Encourage creative mindsets, collaborative working and development of positive workplace relationships 3.2 Reinforce the value of innovation according to organisational vision and objectives 3.3 Take risks to open up opportunities for innovation 3.4 Select ways of celebrating and encouraging innovation 3.5 Encourage and support evaluation of innovative ideas
Share and Evaluate Your Innovative Ideas and Work Environment
4.1 Share relevant information, knowledge and skills on innovative practices with stakeholders 4.2 Provide and encourage formal and informal learning opportunities to develop skills required for innovation 4.3 Create opportunities where individuals can learn from the experience of others 4.4 Seek and respond to suggestions, improvements and innovations from all team members
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
About Lesson

Two leadership approaches that are particularly effective in fostering innovation within organisations are transformational leadership and servant leadership. Both approaches can create an environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation among team members. Here’s how each approach supports innovation:

Transformational Leadership:

  • Description: Transformational leaders inspire and motivate their followers to exceed their own self-interests for the good of the organisation, and to achieve higher levels of performance. This type of leadership is characterised by four key components: idealised influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualised consideration.
  • Support for Innovation: Transformational leaders encourage innovation by challenging the status quo and encouraging creative thinking. Through intellectual stimulation, they foster an environment where team members feel safe to express novel ideas and take risks. By providing a clear vision and inspiring team members, they can drive collective enthusiasm towards innovative goals. For example, a transformational leader in a tech company might challenge their team to develop a groundbreaking new software solution, providing support and encouragement throughout the process.

Servant Leadership:

  • Description: Servant leadership focuses on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. Rather than putting the accumulation of power first, the needs of others, especially team members, are prioritised. Key characteristics include listening, empathy, stewardship, and commitment to the personal development of others.
  • Support for Innovation: Servant leaders promote innovation by creating a supportive culture that prioritises the development and empowerment of team members. By actively listening and responding to the needs and ideas of their team, servant leaders can unlock the creative potential of each individual. This approach can lead to a more engaged and motivated team, willing to explore innovative solutions. For instance, in a design firm, a servant leader might facilitate workshops where all team members can contribute ideas for a new project, ensuring that each voice is heard and valued.