When it comes down to it, leaders are doers. They get stuff done.
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and tech leader of his time, set sail for Scotland after attending the first shareholders meeting of the Bell Telephone Co., still unincorporated and without capitalization as it cranked out 25 new phones per day.
His wife, Mabel Bell, was pleased to discover that their steamship was thoroughly modern for 1877, including electric bells in each room. She thought it fitting that her husband should set sail in a steamer “so full of electricity.”
Problem was, the bells didn’t work, which Mrs. Bell considered a “mockery.”
By halfway across the Atlantic, Bell had fixed the pesky devices. He’d also run telephone lines between the wheelhouse, the captain’s bridge, the smoking room and the drawing room.
As always, he had made himself useful.