People play a role in organizational culture. Organizations need to consider the type of employees that can most effectively drive innovation. From a diverse range of research, it has been found that a core of reasonably stable personality traits characterize creative individuals.

Personality Traits for Innovation

— High valuation of aesthetic qualities in experience
— Broad interests
— Attraction to complexity
— High energy
— Independence of judgment
— Intuition
— Self-confidence
— Ability to accommodate opposites
— Firm sense of self as creative
— Persistence
— Curiosity
— Energy
— Intellectual honesty
— Internal locus of control (reflective / introspective)

Although there appears to be general agreement that personality is related to creativity, attempts to try and use this inventory type of approach in an organizational setting as predictor of creative accomplishments is fraught with dangers and is hardly likely to be any more useful than attempts at picking good leaders through the use of trait theory approaches. Nevertheless, it does highlight the need to focus on individual actors and to try and nurture such characteristics or at least bring them out, if necessary, in an organizational setting.

Source: “Culture and climate for innovation” by Pervaiz K. Ahmed, European Journal of Innovation Management