Abstract from the book Originals by Adam Grant.
Creative leadership (or “originality” in Adam Grant’s words) is taking the road less traveled, and championing a set of novel ideas that go against the grain but ultimately make things better. It involves introducing and advancing an idea that’s relatively unusual within a particular domain with the potential to improve it. Creative leaders are people who take the initiative to make their visions a reality. They feel the same fear and the same doubt as the rest of us. What sets them apart is that they take action in spite of it. They know in their hearts that failing would yield less regret than failing to try.