The purpose of this paper is to analyze Steve Jobs’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader, as well as his leadership style, philosophy and values. Steve Jobs was one of the most successful entrepreneurs and inventors of all time. He distinguished himself because of his authenticity and creativity, always thinking outside the box.
Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, to Abdulfattah "John" Jandali and Joanne Schieble, two graduate students from University Wisconsin. Being born out of marriage, the baby was put up for adoption. Jandali was a political science professor and Joanne a speech therapist (all about Steve Jobs, 2013). Shortly after Steve was placed for adoption, his biological
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Steve spent only six months at Reed College, and then dropped out. Steve’s true passion was more in eastern philosophy and fruitarian diets than in the classes he took. He moved to Oregon and lived in a hippie community where his main activity was cultivating apples. A few months later, in late 1973, Steve Jobs returned to California where he took a job as a technician in Los Gatos, California. Jobs was often described as difficult but a valuable team player, and as the smartest guy in the room, and he would let people know that (Bushnell, 2012). He used his wages to make a trip to India with one of his college friends, in order to 'seek enlightenment'. When he came back from India, he started to take interest in his friend Wozniak’s new technological activities. In 1976, Jobs and Wozniak formed their own business, which they named "Apple Computer Company" in remembrance of the happy summer Jobs had spent cultivating apples. Ever since then, Steve Jobs’s professional career ascended to a remarkable success. Steve Jobs married Laurene Powell in March of 1991, with whom he had 3 children. After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, he passed away in 2011 in Palo Alto, California.
Leadership Style and Philosophy
Steve Job was not your ordinary leader. His style of management would not be found in any textbooks or lectures. But with Job’s unique leadership style and