A man that many admired, the feats of Steve Jobs were legendary. He was at the top of his game in one of the most valuable companies in the world. He was a successful entrepreneur, manager and dynamic innovator in which many business men and women aspired. So what exactly, was his key to such a large success?

An enormous key to Jobs’ success was his willful drive and determination, however, his leadership style was sometimes controversial and complex, often being intensely focused and committed. He was never afraid to take risks and enlist his employees in pursuit of his aspirations, continually challenging his teams to reach further and further each time a new product was produced. From this method of teamwork, many of his employees also thrived from this highly effective modus operandi, reaching beyond the impossible and becoming faithful, top performers.

He also took many of his leadership lessons from others before him, including Edwin Land and Walt Disney. Jobs became known for his ability to create compelling visions of what might be. By looking ahead, dreaming of new innovations and working on how to improve what already exists, he was able to continually build and grow both himself and his companies.

His much-lauded talent for being able to envision and deliver new products and services, was what many felt, made him a great leader. He always took the time to consider every aspect of a task, including everything from tiny details to the functionality and simplicity of a product; something many other leaders rarely paid much attention to. This level of attention was a key to the strategic and marketing capabilities of Apple.

Jobs was once noted for saying, “customers don’t know what they want until we’ve shown them”, and in many instances, he was correct. This level of confidence is what allowed him to produce products that consumers wanted; a level of confidence that consisted of more than just a vision, but also of courage and the drive to bring his dreams to life.

Consumers quickly began to fall in love with Apple products, in part, for their clean designs. This was a lesson Jobs learned from Isaac Newton, a lesson in imaginative leaps that were noted for being unexpected, instinctive and even magical. Taking lessons from others before him, from other leaders he admired, gave him the ability to integrate diverse disciplines in an engineering and artistic sort of way. With age and experience, Steve Jobs became a better leader, never dwelling on his personal shortcomings, always preserving and moving ahead in a forward direction.


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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