Innovation: Life Force of Leadership
Steve Jobs had envisioned “a computer for the rest of us” and ignited a revolution in personal computers. Four decades later, Apple is the most valuable brand in the world.
Jack Ma had dreamed of helping small and medium enterprises do business beyond the borders of China. An Asian startup in the late 90s, Alibaba is now one of the largest e-commerce businesses across continents.
Mark Zuckerberg had created a university social networking site at the start of the millennium. It morphed into Facebook, continuously redefining the way humans connect. Today it has over 2 billion users.
Three great leaders of all time. Their inspiring rise to the top and the creation of their multibillion-dollar empires drive so many to mine their stories for a success equation.
Sheer genius. Unwavering commitment. Brutal hard work. Inescapable destiny. One among or all perhaps. But one thing is certain, the equation will not be complete without their great passion for innovation. Innovation that started with a vision, deliberate or latent at first. Innovation that disrupted conventions – shook up the status quo. The result: unparalleled achievements in their respective industries.
Innovation is a life force of leadership. An organization that aims to breed strong leaders must cultivate among them the mindset for innovation. As aptly put by Steve Jobs: “Innovation is the difference between a leader and a follower.”