The last time I saw Steve Jobs was four months ago when I watched on television as he stood on the stage for the iPad 2 announcement. He looked physically tattered and worn-out. We all knew he had only months to live, not years. He knew it, too. So, no one would blame him for retreating, shutting down or checking out. But Steve stayed in the game until his very last breath. His passion overcame his weakness in a very visible way.
May more leaders emulate what I saw over the last year or so in Steve Jobs – not a life focused on self-preservation and protection, but rather, a life in full pursuit of the extraordinary, and a life dedicated to progressive service to something bigger than himself – up to his last breath.