It was inevitable that someone would write Steve Job’s biography so I recently bought Walter Isaacson’s official work. Having started to read it over the weekend, I was surprised at the coincidence this morning when I received my Silicon.com “CEO Essentials Newsletter” with an article entitled “Ten leadership lessons from the Steve Jobs school of Management; What Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple’s co-founder can teach about doing business the right way…”
First I laughed because it is just another list and it reminded me of the blog post I wrote last month where I alluded to the propensity for leadership bloggers to offer advice in the form of lists (10 ways to becoming a more effective leader, 5 ways to create loyalty, etc.) However, Steve Jobs is serious stuff. After all, he was one of my heroes; I aspire to be as visionary as Steve Jobs; so I read the article and would encourage anyone to do so. Better still, buy the book and read that!
Isaacson describes Steve Job’s leadership, management style and business sense as being as “distinctive as his personality.” While, having met Steve once during his all too short life, I can agree that his personality was certainly distinctive, I am not sure that Isaacson’s list of 10 could not be applied to any strong leader.
Isaacson’s list from the article is:
- Decisions: Don’t sit on the fence
- Communications: Cut to the chase
- Focus: Less is more, simpler is better
- Details: The devil is in them
- Design: Comes first, second and third
- Structure: Collaborate, integrate, connect
- HR: Don’t suffer any “bozos”
- Meetings: Love them – but hate PowerPoint
- Negotiating? Take a long walk…
- What’s next? Think about tomorrow today.
I will leave it to you to read the detail in Silicon.com’s article but I think it should be fairly clear to any successful, or aspiring, leader that with a little bit of tweaking to fit your situation, this list reflects how we all work. Perhaps circumstances and that distinctive personality gave Steve Jobs the edge?
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