A comment in response to an article entitled Steve Jobs Is a Lousy Role Model caught my eye.
I agree that good managers have to ‘manage’ their employees emotional well-being but I believe visionary leaders have to execute on their vision… Don’t get confused that good managers can build an innovation company without effective leaders to lead the charge.
Jobs ability to see around corners product-wise is unique, but that skill doesn’t make him a leader; it makes him a product visionary.
Yes, he is brilliant; yes he has charisma; yes, he screws up and the combination proves he’s human.
What needs to be understood is that Jobs successes don’t excuse his bad actions.
Do yourself a favor and recognize that your vision can also be your own personal Kool-Aid.
Richard Branson is also a visionary and successful entrepreneur, but his approach is a world away from Jobs.
The trick to finding a role model is to eliminate the singular, find multiple models and emulate their best traits after tweaking them to fit your own MAP and situation.
Last year I wrote, People love to quote the adage “there is no “I” in team” when somebody’s ego gets out of hand; perhaps a new adage is needed that states “there is no “I” in leader.” Of course, someone will argue that there is an ‘i’ in leadership, which is true, but when ‘i’ becomes ‘I’ it changes leadership to leadershit.
Even Steve Jobs phenomenal success provides no reason to change my mind.
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