A leader is only as effective as the quality of the team members he surrounds himself with. The achievement of a dream is based on the quality of the team working on it. Barack Obama’s campaign success is based on several factors but having a great team by his side helped him secure the White House.
Steve Jobs the famed CEO of Apple, recently named the CEO of the decade by Fortune magazine is an effective leader because of the team he has surrounded himself with. He is widely acclaimed to be a visionary leader who has led Apple to create blockbuster products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iTunes etc. He has transformed a company heading into oblivion in the mid nineties into a juggernaut. A lot of Apple’s extraordinary turnaround has been attributed to his brilliance, which is true, but he has also been brilliant enough to surround himself with a top class team. The recruitment of people such as the highly efficient Tim Cook his trusted COO who manages the company and ensures that Apple’s organisational system runs like clockwork. The recruitment of the right team members enables a leader to focus on his strengths while they tackle his weaknesses.
No leader is so gifted that he lacks any weaknesses, hence it is important that he is self aware enough to know what they are and find the right people who are strong in those areas to address those deficiencies. Tim Cook frees Steve Jobs to focus on his strengths as a leader which is vision casting and an obsessive focus on product designs. Jonathan Ives, the Head of Design, complements Jobs’ passion for design and he has been the force behind Jobs in producing all of Apple’s top blockbuster products in the last decade. As a leader, who do you have around you in the pursuit of your vision? Until you have the right people with you on your leadership journey, you are not going to be truly effective.