Steve Jobs was a genius of our time. Not only were his inventions monumental and legendary, his ability to lead a team was a vital aspect of how Apple became what it is today.
Jobs was known for his ability to pivot. To leave work one day, confident in his stance on a topic or opinion, then only to find new information on the subject and come to work the next morning having done a 180. He would tear your head off on Tuesday and come back praising your name on Wednesday, just because he found new information that made his past point of view irrelevant. Did this make him a weak leader? No. In fact, it had the opposite effect. His team knew that status was useless, and what was right was far more important than who was right.
This week I want to give you the challenge to pivot despite your ego or reputation.
As a leader you should be constantly receiving information, updates and different points of view. As I have said before, strong leaders surround themselves not with people that are going to tell them what they want to hear, but instead what they need to hear. Apple was known for saying, “We don’t hire smart people so we can tell them what to do, we hire them so that they will tell us what to do.”
Your goal is to surround yourself with people that will help you grow, and in order to grow you have to be able to pivot in those tight situations. When opinions flare and egos are the forefront of conversations, are you going to be the leader who puts the solution above status and reputation? Because, frankly, when you put the solution above yourself, you’ve stepped onto the higher planes of leadership where things actually get done as egos are put aside.
It doesn’t have to be a huge pivot, but it can be something as small as realizing you were the one who left the rotten Tupperware in the fridge when you thought it was someone else’s, to changing a board room decision that might give credit to someone else. Letting someone else be the one to take the credit for the best idea. As usual, it’s not easy, but it’s leadership, and that’s why you’re reading this post.