Benefits of Team Success
The benefits of team success are well-known, no team can hope to succeed without a leader that binds the group together and leads from the front. As much as people desire to be leaders, very few individuals possess the charismatic skills that are the hallmark of a true leader.
What is charismatic leadership then, and what makes it so important to team success? This essay delves into this issue and takes a look at the leadership skills of Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of one of the most successful business corporates in history, Apple Inc.
According to German sociologist Max Weber who first introduced the term charismatic leadership in 1958, charisma was a personal characteristic of an individual that created a bond of deep affection between the leader and followers.
The standout trait of charismatic leaders is the clarity of their vision and an unshakeable belief in it, accompanied by a tireless dedication that followers are happy to emulate. A charismatic leader can charm both, individuals and audiences alike with his personality, without having to rely on his authoritative powers.
All these characteristics, and more could be found in abundance in Steve Jobs’ personality. As a dynamic and disruptive technology leader, he was an example for all businesses. As a team leader at Apple, he had a very effective strategy with a controversial side, challenging team members to think beyond the possible, and rousing them to outperform their own expectations. Blessed with tremendous clarity and drive, Jobs was a master of persuasive speaking, enthralling audiences while delivering his message of innovation and success.
Steve Jobs relied heavily on his genius as an innovator, paying great attention to product design when few companies considered it important. The result was a product line such as the iPhone that continues to deliver, time after time and edition after edition.
Charismatic leadership is a rare trait and one that thrives on the complex relationship between leader and team. One of the best examples of a charismatic leader is Steve Jobs who embodied these traits within his personality and led his team to repeated success. While not many will ever be able to acquire the charisma that made Steve Jobs such a successful leader, there are still lessons for ordinary people to learn from his unique leadership style.