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Analysis of Famous Leaders
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Born in San Francisco, California on February 24, 1955
He was given for adoption when he was born.
His biological parents were graduate students. He was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs. A college education was very important for Jobs’ biological parents. When Mr. and Mrs. Jobs adopted Steve Jobs, they promised the biological parents that Steve would attend college.
Steve Jobs had a hard time in formal schooling. He was very smart and was even offered to skip a grade.
He attended Homestead High School and graduated in 1971.
Steve Jobs as an Innovator
Conceptual Skills and Intuition
Yukl (2013) mentions that conceptual skills “involve good judgement, foresight, intuition, creativity” (p. 153)
When he created products for Apple, Jobs always strived to make simple products.
He wanted to give consumers a product that would be useful to them and also practical (Isaacson 2012). Jobs followed his intuition.
Many times he would change the design of the product because it was not good enough by his standards (Isaacson 2011).
Yukl (2013) mentions participative leadership as “efforts by a manager to encourage and facilitate participation by others in making decisions that would otherwise be made by the manager alone” (p.104).
Analysis of Famous Leaders
Collaboration in Apple
"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them." -- Steve Jobs
He enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He dropped out because he did not like the perquisites. He attended classes that suited his interest like calligraphy.
Became a video designer at Atari
In 1976 he started Apple Computers with his friend Steve Wozniak
In 1985 Apple computer sales were declining and Jobs was forced out of the company
He founded a software enterprise company called NeXT, Inc
He also bought the company which would be later called Pixar Animation.
In 1997 Steve Jobs returned to Apple and revamped the company.
On October 5, 2011 Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.
Through his life he demonstrated ambition to promote new ideas and new products to the people
Jobs was an entrepreneur. He started the Apple Company from his parent’s garage.
Isaacson (2012), mentions “he helped transform seven industries: personal computing, animated movies, music, phones, table computing, retail stores, and digital publishing. He thus belongs in the pantheon of America’s great innovators” (para. 1).
Mintzberg’s Taxonomy of Manager Roles
Blumenthal (2012) describes Jobs as “the voice and face of the revolution. He didn’t make the wonderful, computer animated Pixar movies, but he made them happen. He put digital music and the Internet in our pockets in an elegant way, he made out lives easier by insisting that every gadgets that Apple made… be simple and fun to use” (p. 265).
The Reality Distortion Field
Isaacson (2012) mentions,
Those who worked with him admitted that the trait, as infuriating as it might be, led them to perform extraordinary feats. Because Jobs felt that life’s ordinary rules didn’t apply to him, he could inspire his team to change the course of computer history.
Jobs was a great motivator. When his employees thought that a task was impossible, he would explain the task in a way that would make the employee believe that it was possible to achieve
The information presented, supports that Steve Jobs has demonstrated effective leadership throughout his life. He created a well-established multi-billion dollar company with unique and practical ideas that revolutionize the technology world even after his death
Weakness and Strengths
Sometimes he was harsh on his employees
He wanted perfections
He would be very stubborn