“If I would have asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’”
What a great quote! And what a great insight into a key leadership trait. The business community is all about collaboration these days. And I believe in collaboration. But, sometimes, a true leader, an innovator like Henry Ford, needs to see far beyond what those around him see.
He didn’t give people what they wanted because they really didn’t know or couldn’t verbalize their need. Instead, Ford forged ahead and created something that changed the world. He gave us the first mass produced and affordable automobile. He gave us mobility and a whole new way of producing goods that had never been employed to that extent before.
And, by the way, it was faster than most horses out there. Think about that today.