Like so many others affected this week, the sad passing of Steve Jobs, the technology guru and giant, made me step back and think.   We now look back at the innovations and leadership he brought to his industry and the people who worked for him.

Steve Jobs was an authentic leader in every way. A particular part of his Stanford commencement speech in 2005 spoke to this. Jobs said, “You’ve got to find what you love…Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

“Your time is limited so don’t waist it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other peoples thinking.”

Another thought about Jobs from John Markoff’s New York Times post speaks to his leadership style.  “Steve Jobs was neither a hardware engineer nor a software programmer, nor did he think of himself as a manager. He considered himself a technology leader, choosing the best people possible, encouraging and prodding them and making the final call on product design.”

In the days to come as we reflect on Jobs’ legacy, we are reminded that life is short and we must find work we love — it’s from this point that we are better positioned to lead.

 

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