When considering the leadership traits of Steve Jobs, the first thing that comes to mind is flexibility. Jobs founded Apple because of a love for computers, yet ended up becoming one of the greatest tech innovators of his generation because he realized what the strength of a modern computer could be inside of a telephone. He wasn’t afraid to do something new and take risks that made sense and that paid off big for him and his organization.
Here are 7 lessons learned from Steve Jobs that will keep his memory alive and well in every leader.
1. Keep It Simple
Apple products have a very minimalist design that was ultimately revolutionary. He created products that could power themselves off, turn on with just the swipe of a finger, yet still be completely interconnected with other Apple products. This allowed users to have full functionality wherever they happened to be.
2. Be In Control
Jobs took responsibility for every step in the production process of every Apple product. His one focus was the user experience of each Apple product. He sought perfection and this desire created a proprietary system that set his company apart not just because of innovation.
3. Always Create
Innovation can come from any idea. Sometimes it is the improvement of an existing idea. Jobs always mentioned that the best innovators were willing to steal the ideas of others to improve them. Instead of settling for failure, Jobs looked to take an idea to the next step.
4. Reality Is What You Make of It
Steve Jobs created his own reality and he did this purposely. Instead of bowing to the demands of society and the expectations that others had for his business or even for themselves, Jobs knew that people could do great things if they were pushed in the right direction.
5. Be Confident
Failure might try to rob you of your confidence, but don’t allow it to do so. You can be confident even in failure because that is simply another opportunity for you to succeed in the future. Confidence is also something that needs to be shown to others. If you’re confident in someone’s ability to succeed, they are more likely to succeed.
6. Take a Second Look
When Jobs initially designed the iPhone, it had a plastic screen on it. As he was using it, he realized that it could scratch pretty easily and that would negatively affect the user experience. He went back to the drawing board, developed a glass screen, and the iPhone became one of the bestselling tech products of all time.
7. Be Direct
Jobs was so direct sometimes that people would get angry with him. He was often perceived as rude, but it was this philosophy of being direct that drove him to accomplish anything he set his mind to do. Being direct also eliminates the negativity that can stop a team before it even gets started because negative people don’t like direct confrontation of their own poor decisions.