Steven Jobs Leadership Style
Steven Jobs is a successful strategic leader and the co-founder of Apple Inc. Jobs spent six months at Reed College in Portland, OR before dropping out and spending 18 months dropping in on creative classes. In 1974 he took a job as a technician at Atari Inc., then left to travel to India in search of spiritual enlightenment. The “Apple Computer Company” was then formed in 1976. He made great impacts on leading Apple Inc. to become one of the most successful companies in the world. Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985 and founded NeXT Inc. within the same year. Jobs purchased The Graphics Group in 1986, which was later renamed Pixar. Disney purchased Pixar in 1996, and Jobs received 7% of Disney shares. In 1996, Apple purchased NeXT for $427 million. Upon the sale of NeXT, Jobs returned to Apple, becoming the interim CEO, which eventually led to his actual chair of CEO. In August 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple but remained with the company as chairman of the company’s board. Jobs died at his home in California on October 5, 2011 due to complications from heart attack caused by complications from pancreatic cancer. According to Fortune Magazine, Steve Jobs was “considered one of Silicon Valley’s leading egomaniacs.” Jobs also made Fortune’s list of America’s toughest bosses referring to his leadership at NeXT. The cofounder of NeXT, Dan’l Lewin, stated, “The highs were unbelievable…But the lows were unimaginable.” There are many words to describe Steve Jobs more aggressive side. He was described as willful, driven, aggressive, and stubborn. The late CEO of Apple also seemed hypocritical. He would make fun of someone’s ideas one day and claim them as his own ideas the next day. Many people that worked around him claimed that Jobs created an uncomfortable work environment. Described as immature, stubborn, and impatient, Jobs did not seem easy to work with. His leadership style was demanding, tense, and aggressive. Although Jobs did...
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