Recognize This! – There are always B players in any organization who are just as important to your success as A players, if in a different way.
During the last few months, one of the top books has been the Steve Jobs autobiography. It’s a fascinating read and doesn’t hold back on both the genius of Steve Jobs as well as his less attractive personality traits and leadership style.
An excellent summary of the latter recently appeared in Strategy+Business, highlighting how Jobs’ reputation as leader was both highly effective at generating great work out of teams, but highly damaging to members of those teams personally. The article points out:
Too often, I hear “who needs the B players?” This is a very short sighted comment, because in even the strongest team, there are always B players, just as there are always those who are clearly the top performers.
Yes, Apple has delivered wonderful products that have changed the face of consumer technology, but think how much more might have been achieved without the loss of talented people who simply could not put up with the “needless frustration.”