Date of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Type

Professional Project

Degree Name

Masters in Leadership Studies


College of Professional Studies


The open innovation landscape of today allows any individual the ability to work, use their creative ideas, and receive external ideas for innovation. Innovators are no longer the chosen few behind closed doors who are at the right level in an organization, at the right place, and at the right time. The open innovation environment requires individuals who are self-leaders with the skills and abilities to lead innovation projects. This study explores how the organizational position of individuals can affect how they feel about innovation and their perception of their innovative abilities. This information can help to guide organizations on where to focus self-leadership awareness and training and to match individuals with high innovator natural tendencies and perceptions with those in an organization that need to build their self-leadership skills for innovation.