Romantics – please step forward. And the realists, futurists, creatives and even the sceptics. These are the five categories of innovators, as defined in a recent research report discussed in HR Magazine. Each of us has a different approach to innovation and creativity according to the report. Importantly for HR managers, teams are more innovative when they mix together these different innovation types.

Take a few ‘Futurists’ who ‘believe in the widespread benefits of innovation and embrace change’ but don’t forget a ‘Realist’ or a ‘Sceptic’ to balance and question ideas. Of course, if you can’t wait to find out which type of innovator you might be, take the quiz now at the HR magazine website.

Companies that have attracted and retained the right mix and positive outlook are said to have thrived such as Apple and Microsoft. Read more about creating innovative teams here.