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“Be a Smart Leader — or Wise” – Roger Lehman, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

Self-awareness is part of Kaipa’s overall strategy, where leaders find a “North Star”. “Smart leaders make New Year resolutions and set quarterly milestones, charting progress against ambitious plans and goals. Wise leaders, however, take a different approach: they root themselves in a noble purpose, align it with a compelling vision, and then take action — not just for that year, but for the rest of their lives. That noble purpose becomes a North Star, giving direction when the path ahead is hazy.”

Kaipa believes that the answer to “What makes a leader wise?” would have been clearer had pancreatic cancer not taken Steve Jobs at the age of 56. “There are dimensions of wisdom that Steve Jobs began to show, and maybe, if he had lived longer, if his biography were to come out when he was still alive, I would assume that the self-awareness would move him more and more into wise leadership.”

Roger Lehman is Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. He directs the Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change programme, part of INSEAD’s Executive Education portfolio.

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Pamela’s Response:

Self awareness in how we lead is something we can work on every moment. As leaders, we have to take into account both the objective and subjective.

Some of the most important results we’ll ever attain in life, such as helping others, cannot be fully measured. In the realm of philanthropy, how can we measure how much that $2.10 breakfast allowed a child to focus, be successful in school, create better relationships in life?

Whether it is business, philanthropy or our personal lives, we can set goals. And we can also make sure we are attuned to the higher reason we are here, our purpose. It drives us at a much higher level than simply an organization’s demands. If we delve into this vision for our lives, it will positively affect every area of our life. And it’s something we have to relate to in every moment and experience to make it real in our day-to-day lives. That’s a challenge any leader – and we are all leaders – can start right now.

Steve Jobs: It Takes Eight Years to Make A Difference

This seems  to be an age of jump, jump, jump to the next thing. It’s great to get diverse experiences.  But understand that at some point, to deliver excellence, you’ve got to focus and drill down in a core area.  Steve Jobs tells us:

“Fortunately, my training has been in doing things that take a long time. You know, I was at Apple 10 years. I would have preferred to be there the rest of my life. So I’m a long-term kind of person. I have been trained to think in units of time that are measured in several years. With what I’ve chosen to do with my life, you know, even a small thing takes a few years. To do anything of magnitude takes at least five years, more likely seven or eight. Rightly or wrongly, that’s how I think.”

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) is best known as the co-founder of Apple, which pioneered the personal computer, and is known also for the iPod and the iPhone.  He was a co-founder and chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios.  Jobs married Laurene Powell in 1991, and they had three children together; Jobs also had a daughter from a previous relationship.  Jobs is frequently referred to as a visionary, and is highly regarded for his foresight and innovation.  He is listed on 342 patents.

“Technology Married with the Humanities Makes Our Hearts Sing” – Steve Jobs

No leader is perfect. Steve Jobs had an excellent vision, as well as his own challenges that he needed to work though. Yet we can glean positive lessons from leaders out there, that help us become better people.

One of the key successes of Steve Jobs’ vision was the melding of technology and empathy. He understood that technology needed to be personal. It needed to be fun. It needed to engage and make you want to be on your iPad or your iPhone.

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) is best known as the co-founder of Apple, which pioneered the personal computer, and is known also for the iPod and the iPhone.  He was a co-founder and chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios.  Jobs is highly regarded for his foresight and innovation, and is listed on 342 patents.

Study Calligraphy: Steve Jobs did

Steve Jobs studied calligraphy because he loved to do it. He had an eye for aesthetics, beauty and design with the written word.

He started by changing fonts, and defining how we could bring beauty, professionalism, fluidity or quirkiness to our messages and messaging.  And then he used everything he learned from studying this art of lettering to create his innovation of the Apple computer, and later, the iPhone.

Study what you love to do—not just what think you should do.  With that, you’ll be led to your unique pathway.  If you want to be one of the world’s great innovators, do you study computer science technology, or calligraphy?  Perhaps it is both.  You decide.

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) is best known as the co-founder of Apple, which pioneered the personal computer, and is known also for the iPod and the iPhone.  He was also a co-founder and chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios.  Jobs is highly regarded for his foresight and innovation, and is listed on 342 patents.

Read more in the Christian Science Monitor’s article: “Steve Jobs: What We Can Learn From How He Lived