Whether you’re a Mac or PC person. An Android or iPhone user (or if you’re still sticking to Blackberry). You can learn from Steve Jobs. The impact his products had on American culture, and the day-to-day life of many people, is undeniable. And although he was far from a perfect man, Steve Jobs was a celebrated leader within Apple.

Take some tips from Steve Jobs.

Losing one of the visionaries of our generation is difficult, but you can apply some of Jobs’ leadership lessons to your organization. Here are three lessons you can start applying now:

  1. Don’t be afraid of taking risks. By most accounts, the idea of a tablet device was dead on delivery. People wanted laptops, and smart phones, but a tablet just didn’t have a place in everyday life. Jobs ignored the naysayers, believing that creating the right tablet device was the real challenge. And as of June 2011, more than 25 million iPads (1st and 2nd generation) have been sold. The lesson? If you believe strongly in an idea, and you have buy-in from your team, don’t be afraid to take a risk from time to time. At the very least, you’ll earn the trust and respect of your team. And at the most – you could revolutionize your company.
  2. Develop a succession plan. Jobs’ health had been declining since his first diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. And his successor, Tim Cook, has been groomed to take over for Jobs since before the diagnosis – he joined Apple in 1998. While things may seem perfectly rosy now, the reality for every organization is that people leave, for whatever reason. If you have identified future potential leaders of your organization, develop a clear succession plan. You’ll help retain your top performers, and you’ll also protect your organization in the long-term.
  3. Aim for perfection. Sure, the reality is that very few people (if any) can be perfect, every time. But if you aim for perfection and follow through on your goals every time, you’ll inspire your team to reach higher, think bigger and get to the next level. Don’t settle for mediocrity. You’ve assembled a team of talented professionals who want to help you company succeed – now it’s up to you to motivate them to do their best.

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