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Steve jobs leadership amioddLeadership, as defined by Daniel Goleman [Ref 1] [Daniel Jay Goleman is an author, psychologist, and science journalist. He is the author of more than 10 books on psychology, education, science, ecological crisis, and leadership], is a set of competencies that emerge over the course of life. During a recent interview on this subject  [Ref 2],

Goleman clearly explained that great team leaders in companies are often leaders by nature. Leadership goes back to their childhood. Over time it grows and the ability to lead is shaped by the practice.

He precisely noticed that leadership is not a subject to learn from scratch in classes of business schools. Leaders learn it in the course of doing it. But, leadership like any other skill requires a continuous process of learning to master it. Below 5 major habits suggested by Goleman to improve that skill:

  • Ask yourself; Do I really care? Why am I taking this path? Leadership needs a strong belief in why should we lead some people to some destinations. A strong leader should be able to transmit his own belief to the team. If he does, and, the team agrees on the path to take, the trip will be a successful experience.
  • Get honest feedback from trustable people who know you well and believe in what you do. This way, a leader can be aware of his strengths and his limitations.
  • Pick something that matters to you and develop a learning plan for it. That is to say, a great leader never stops improving his ways of leading.
  • Be a good listener; pay attention to others’ saying is always the best way to lead. Digging into their minds lets a leader be close to their attitudes and be able to open new paths and perspectives.
  • Practise every occurring opportunity; the leader’s experience is often judged by his ability to transform usual opportunities into added value for his team. For this, it has been common to say: Through the exercise of leadership, the leader derives his legitimacy as a leader.

The Goleman’s statement makes it crystal clear that leadership is not a simple role we take or a job we look for and we do feel so happy for having it. Instead, it is a way of behaving. It is a matter of skills and practicing.

The effectiveness of leadership can be truly measured in the market. Companies in the market are like ships at sea. Without a leader, a ship may be lost. Similarly, the company’s fate is strongly linked to practicing leadership.

Life is full of leadership’s stories and the public memory remembers several leaders who had had entirely changed the fate of their companies, industry and humanity.

The leader is one who sees much better than others the origin of disruption onto the market. He tends to break the others’ rules and build new ones. He doesn’t follow the crowd’s trend. He thinks big and moves differently. He pushes the boundaries and brings breakthrough concepts. These are the strategic keys to get the market leadership as well as to have an advanced position at the competition track.

A good leadership makes difference, sometimes in a spectacular way. Indeed, a small team with an efficient mind of leader can compete with any company regardless of its size, history and turnover. This had been the case of Steve Jobs; his strong leadership allowed his start-up Apple in its infancy to fight against the giant and monster of technology IBM. He was leading the market and disrupting many industries throughout his life: such as industries of computer, music as well as mobile telephony.

Personally, I and my team have been so inspired by the Apple’s first man. Before beginning our co-creation meetings, we think of his famous quote ;

 .. everything around that you called life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build around things that other people can use it. 

Leadership is built on the doctrine of change. To be on the change track, a good leader should not think to be a leader forever.

Ref 1. Daniel Goleman’s website,, consulted on 14th March 2014.

Ref 2. Daniel Goleman on Leadership,, consulted on 14th March 2014.

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