Laissez-Faire Leadership In Steve Jobs

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Throughout history there has been many types of leaders. For example, there are people who are autocratic like Adolf Hitler and those who are democratic such as President Barack Obama. Then there are leaders who run their companies in a laissez-faire way like Steve Jobs. People who lead in a laissez-faire leadership style are leaders who allows their team to take control in decision making and in their part of the assignment. Basically, the leader is not micromanaging their team members. Laissez-faire leaders do receive some criticism because some believe nothing gets accomplished under this type of leadership. There are exceptions to the rule, as Apple’s old Chairman Steve Jobs proved to the world. By studying Steve Jobs’ life and analyzing …show more content…
When Jobs was a small child, his birth mother decided to give him up for adoption. One of the main requirements Jobs’ birth mother had for the adopting parents is that they were college graduates as she wanted her son to go to college. The parents who were originally going to adopt Steve decided last minutes that they wanted to have a baby girl instead. In the end, the parents that did adopt Jobs did not attend college, making Jobs’ birth mother not wanting to sign the papers. Eventually, she signed the papers, and Jobs’ adopted parents made sure that Steve would go to college. Throughout Job’s childhood and teenage life, he always like playing with circuits and received awards for being such an intellect young man. When the time came to attend college, he decided to attend Reed College in Oregon. After the first six months in college, Jobs decided to drop out from a specific degree program. Even though Jobs dropped out, he still attended classes and lived on campus in his friends’ dorm for the next eighteen months. Since he did not have to take any general education courses, Jobs got to sit in on whatever class he wanted to. For example, he sat in on a calligraphy class. According to Jobs, “Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed.” (Rajaraman, V. 2014) According to …show more content…
For example, in 1997 when the Apple company decided that they wanted to hire Steve Jobs back, since he was the only one who knew what direction the company was going to go in, his power of knowledge of the company is what give him strength. Expert power “relies on expertise and credentials.” (Engleberg, I. 2012). Since Steve Jobs created the company, he had a certain knowledge that no one else had. Having that informational personal power, Steve Jobs was able to go back to his old company and propel Apple to the next level, time after time. Also, when Apple conducted focus groups, Steve Jobs would not always listen to those, since he was the one who had the vision and knew what the consumers wanted, even if the consumers did not want those products at all. Another power that Steve Jobs used to help achieve his goals was referent power. Referent power is described as “relies on members’ opinion of and experience with the leader”. (Engleberg, I. 2012). Steve Jobs is huge into group work and he relies on his team members on a daily based. Steve Jobs needs his team to help him create great ideas and make the product as good of quality. (Engleberg, I. 2012; Yu, Howard H.

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