The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

Today a friend emailed me an interesting link that I would like to share. The link is from Harvard Business Review website. The title is: The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs.

In the article the author of the famous biography of Jobs,  Walter Isaacson, creates a list of 14 traits of the men who has been able to deeply understand the importance of interesections between humanities and sciences, creativity and technology, arts and engineering. Following you can find the 14 points list:

  1. Focus
  2. Simplify
  3. Take Responsibility End to End
  4. When Behind, Leapfrog
  5. Put Products Before Profits
  6. Don’t Be a Slave To Focus Groups
  7. Bend Reality
  8. Impute
  9. Push for Perfection
  10. Tolerate Only “A” Players
  11. Engage Face-to-Face
  12. Know Both the Big Picture and the Details
  13. Combine the Humanities with the Sciences
  14. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

After reading this list, is difficult to pick the most important point. In fact there is none. Each point will be changing importance in time, and its position in the list will vary depending on many factors. Today, If I had to select one, I will take point number 3: responsibility end to end. While making this decision I’m biased by a recent trip to Vinci, a little village in Tuscany, where the famous Leonardo started his journey on earth. Leonardo greatness, from my perspective, is the result of his desire of controlling his products end to end. We have many examples about this, but let’s consider one related to the art of painting, the first creative language that he developed. Following the desire to understand the whole painting experience, he started to investigate the science behind the colours, shapes, shadows and light. This research led him to find innovative solutions like the one he adopted in the Annunciation. In the painting, Leonardo intentionally made the right arm of the Virgin longer then the left one, using a perspectival anamorphosis effect, to compensate the viewing experience of an observer that was looking the painting from the right side.  Leonardo goal is not the painting itself, his goal is to create a unique viewer experience. Maybe this is the best route to create products that will make history.

Which point you would pick today? Why?

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