Steve Jobs: Powerful insights from a great leader
People are often awe-struck by those who have achieved great results, and Steve Jobs often rises to the top of that list. Apple has long been admired, and when you combine the leadership mindset Steve brings, you no doubt have a powerful combination.
One of the keys to building and sustaining a successful company is a continued effort to motivate and inspire it’s employees. Steve Jobs routinely does this and understands that the future mindset of it’s employees is vital to Apple’s success. The best description I’ve found comes from The Time Paradox
“…Great leaders are able to become completely engrossed in the present and harness the passion they generate in the service of future goals. They have a unique ability to be fully in the moment, and to make an audience feel that they are the exclusive focus of their attention.
Then they use the energy they generate by that focus to create a compelling vision of the future. They use vivid immediate images, a hypnotic cadence of speech, alliteration, and repetition of key terms and phrases.. moving people to respond emotionally to their call.”
It occurred to me that in many ways that statement reflects the greatness that all speakers ultimately aspire to. Speakers like Gandhi, MLK, JFK, President Obama, and Steve Jobs have been successful in moving great numbers of people to action.
This ability to make an impact on others was one of the common answers to the ‘greatest rewards’ question we asked of profesional speakers in our new book: Finding Speaking Success: Mentoring tips from the Masters. When you ponder this further, you might agree that bringing in an effective professional speaker can be one of the most valuable investments an organization can make.