There is an interesting debate surrounding the continued success of Apple without Steve Jobs. It begs the question of the existence of the quintessential leader. Mountains of literature have been written on developing the proper skills to successfully lead. Can anyone be a leader? An article in the NY Times has a fascinating discussion on the indispensable leader. The article concludes with the great leadership guru Warren Bennis:
"The real test of exemplary leadership is not making yourself an irreplaceable icon but developing a deep, talented bench who, when their turn comes, can unite a company and unleash creativity into their own way"