Steve Jobs : An Effective Leader

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Introduction Throughout his life, Steve Jobs’ milestones have been applauded and criticized on a grand scale. A majority of the scrutiny has involved Jobs’ leadership after the founding of the Apple Company. Undoubtedly, Jobs’ risk-taking has led to the creation of revolutionary products such as the Apple II, iMac, iPod and iPad. However, Jobs’ was not as successful with his short-lived ventures with NeXT company. Although it is well suggested that Jobs’ failures helped him mature into a well-seasoned leader, his mistakes are also equally highlighted as an example of the defectiveness in his leadership style. However, history has decided to remember Jobs in a positive light. Hence, this leave the question: is Steve Jobs the iconic, revolutionary and effective leader the mass media portrays him to be? This paper will attempt to expose to the reader that although Steve Jobs did in fact have great number of weaknesses as leader of Apple, Job’s strengths overcame his weakness resulting in Jobs becoming an effective leader. The content analysis of Jobs’ various media reporting revealing the strengths and weaknesses in his background, vision, leadership traits and employee relations will be employed to express the validity of the thesis. Job’s Background Jobs’ characteristics are best analyzed by understanding his upbringing. Born on February 24th,1955 in San Francisco, California, Jobs had been put into adoption within a week after his birth (Isaacson, 2011, p.12). Although
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