3 Things Every Great Leader Gets Wrong

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone...

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference Español: Presentación del iPhone 4 por Steve Jobs en la Worldwide Developers Conference del año 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Every great leader possesses a degree of what Walter Isaacson (in his biography of Steve Jobs) describes as “an ability to distort reality.”


What Isaacson meant is that Jobs forced his will on Apple, often pushing people to create things they never thought possible–a powerful asset in any leader.


But that reality distortion effect works both ways. It also means that every leader, to a greater or lesser degree, distorts the reality around themselves, leading to tensions, inconsistency, and bad decisions.


There are two reasons why leaders who live in a bubble become so dangerous to themselves and those they lead.


First, the most insidious aspect of this is that it happens in seemingly mundane ways which are hard to spot, but which have far-from mundane consequences to the group, team or organization.


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