Steve Jobs as a Leader

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Steve Jobs
As a Leader

By

Mohammad Aman Nawabi
MBA Student 2013

T ABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ............................................................................................. 2 INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................... 3 LEADERSHIP STYLES ............................................................................................... 3 AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP STYLE ........................................................................... 4 PARTICIPATIVE LEADERSHIP STYLE ........................................................................ 4 LAISSEZ-FAIR LEADERSHIP STYLE ......................................................................... 5 LEADERSHIP THEORIES ........................................................................................... 5 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP THEORY ........................................................... 5 TRANSACTIONAL LEADERSHIP THEORY.................................................................. 7 STEVE JOBS AND THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP THEORY .............................. 7 STEVE JOBS’ TRANSACTIONAL LEADERSHIP THEORY ................................................. 8 UNIQUENESS OF STEVE JOBS LEADERSHIP ............................................................... 9 CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 11

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E XECUTIVE SUMMARY

Leadership style has an impact on all aspects of business in organization. Therefore over the last four decades, leadership scholars and practicing managers have been focused to identify those behaviors that affects a leader’s effectiveness in their leadership( Avolio, alumbwa, & Weber, 2009)

The definition of ‘leadership’ and why it is important is vary to different people. (Den Hartog & Koopman, 2008) defined leadership as whether the leader’s abilities, personality traits, influence relationships, cognitive versus emotional orientation, individual versus group orientation, and/or appeal to self-versus collective interests .

The objective of this assignment is to analyze and comparing Steve Jobs leadership style and qualities with the selected leadership theories. This study identified the characteristics of Steve Jobs leadership which were matched with a combination of leadership theories, the Situational Leadership Theory, Transformational Leadership Theory and

Transactional Leadership Theory.

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I NTROD UCTION

Steve Jobs known as the one of world’s most
successful businessman was the co-founder,
Chairman and the CEO of the Apple Computer
Inc.
Jobs started the business with his father garage
and then in 1975 he opened the Apple
Company and after three years of opening
Apple was able to have a rate of about $ 7.8
million and in 1980 it growth to over $ 200
million.
Jobs had lost power struggled with Sculley,
forced him to quit from Apple in 1985. Then he
founded NeXT a computer development
company. In 1986 Jobs expanded business of
NeXT by acquiring the computer graphics
division from Lucas Films and started the Pixar
Animation Studio.
Jobs returned back to Apple when the company was filling down towards bankruptcy in 1996, Apple bought the NeXT and appointed Jobs as the interim CEO in March 1998. As soon as he started work with Apple he stopped several projects which were pet projects of Schuller previously. Since then the Apple has shown an incremental profit and achieved market value of $ 300 billion in 2011 and it has gained this value by lunching it is products’ the iPod, iTunes and iPhones. The success of Apple is has been attributed largely through the leadership style of Jobs which was a combination of leadership styles and theories which has been discussed as follow:

L EADERSHIP STYLES

All leaders in common look to the future to judge the world around their organization or team and imagine what...
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