Comparison in Leadership Styles for Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates Essays

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Executive Summary

Leadership is not a position but rather a process which involves the leader, the followers and the situation. Great leaders lead with the best interests of their employees in mind. A leader must lead according to the needs of the organization. The leader must not only be successful as a leader, but also bring success to the organization and its employees.

This paper seeks to compare and contrast the leadership styles of two successful entrepreneurs. The paper consists of a background section which gives details on the leaders, their followers and the situations. A comparative analysis will be done on both leaders in terms of Power and Influence, Ethics and Values, Leadership Attributes, Results and Legacy. The
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Even though the strategies and leadership of Jobs were successful until his passing, there was a period in 1985 when there was a power struggle with the board of directors which made him resign from his post as CEO of Apple Computers Incorporation . After resigning as CEO, using his leadership capabilities he formed another company named Next Computer Incorporation which was eventually bought by Apple Computers Inc in 1997 when Mr. Jobs was rehired as interim CEO. In 2000 he was made permanent CEO of Apple Computer Incorporation where he managed to build a good relationship with his followers and led the company until his passing in 2011 .

3.0 Comparative Analysis
This section will seek to compare and contrast Mr. Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs under the following leadership dimensions: (1) Power and Influence; (2) Ethics and Values; (3) Leadership Attributes; (4) Results; (5) Legacy.
3.1 Power and Influence
Hughes, Ginnett & Curphy (2011) defines “power as the capacity to produce effects on others or the potential to influence others” . According to Hughes, Ginnett & Curphy (2011), there are five sources of power – expert; legitimate; referent; coercive; reward (see Appendix 2).
3.1.1 Legitimate Power
Legitimate power depends on one person’s organizational role . Both Mr. Gates and Mr. Jobs had this source of

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