Beyond arguing that any copy of Steve Jobs we try to create would be imperfect, and thus probably less effective than the original, there is another reason why imitating someone else’s leadership style won’t work well for you. It simply “is not you”. Although you can try to fake it until you make it, working with your authentic style of leading will be much easier, and much more effective, than imitating someone else. If you know who you are and what your personal style of leadership is, you can begin to seek out opportunities to apply your leadership that actually fit you as a leader. Seeking out the types of companies, co-workers and situations that suit your profile will make it more likely for you to be good at what you do there, giving you an edge in leadership effectiveness.
Bottom line: Copycats can go home. Authenticity is key.
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