Speaking with a colleague recently on the content for our Executive Briefing "Real Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs" we were brainstorming how to simplify the 14 lessons presented in the original HBR content to make them simpler to "get on the field", aka make them actionable for everyone.
A common thread throughout the lessons? Jobs was high on agility and high on consistency. This is what made him such a strategic leader. It takes skill to be balanced in focus and consistency, but also be agile and responsive. But the misconception is that it takes a natural leader. That's really not the case. This is a skill that can be taught. Some leaders, like Steve Jobs, act this out naturally, but most of us need guidance to understand how to be agile without being unfocused, and how to be consistent without being rigid.
Lynda Silsbee is Founder and President of the Alliance for Leadership Acceleration. She has spent more than 30 years creating and leading high performance teams. Along with the other LEAP Certified Coaches, she reports that helping managers make the LEAP to leader is one of the most fulfilling aspects of her work.