There seems to be this wholly inaccurate perception in which an inventor is envisioned as a solitary and idiosyncratic character tirelessly at work in his or her workshop on some outlandish project that will ultimately be so impressive and innovative that it will simply market itself. While films and works of literature certainly have use for such characters for the sake of entertainment, the reality is that most inventors and innovators must possess outstanding leadership skills and must be able to collaborate with others in a variety of fields in order to bring an idea to life.
Dr. Sid Solomon is an excellent example of an innovator and inventor who has clearly benefited from his natural leadership skills in developing his ideas and bringing an entirely original concept to the market. Anyone who has ever pitched an idea to a group of investors or has sought the assistance of others to bring an original concept to market would understand just how critical it is to be able to convince others to contribute to the creation of a unique idea, invention or innovation.
Of course, not everyone naturally possesses the skill to lead others or is so rhetorically advanced that they are able to convince investors to fund a project even without a prototype or business plan in place. This is why leadership skill development is so important for inventors and innovators, as there are very few ideas capable of truly succeeding without the support of many others in bringing the idea from its initial concept to actually creating it and introducing it to the marketplace.