Sometimes, one person can be so instrumental to the success of an organization that they really are, for all intensive purposes, irreplaceable.
Leadership classes and anecdotes about great leaders tell us that one of leaders primary duties is a good succession plan.
But what happens, when a visionary place like Apple, loses their very special talent–someone that is truly their “secret sauce”–someone like a Steve Jobs–who you can’t just replicate or replace (easily or maybe at all)?
While Apple still makes great products, the jury is still out on whether they can truly innovate without Job’s vision, exacting attention to detail, and bigger than life persona.
Hence, the question, are they anything without him?
Perhaps, Apple can find the next Steve Jobs–who will bring new energy and talents and keep them a great organization–or perhaps not.
This new movie about Jobs–played by Ashton Kutcher will remind us of the magic that a truly special leader can bring to an organization.
If only there was a pill to swallow to make talented leaders–now that would be a job for Jobs. 😉