Steve Jobs : An Effective Leader

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What does it mean to be an effective leader? Does a person need to have all the traits that we expect a leader to possess, such as integrity, passion, imagination, humility, intelligence, and courage? Can someone lacking in anyof these key areas still lead effectively, for an extended period of time, if they have the right combination of a few critical skills necessary to meet the challenge? Steve Jobs, was he an effective leader? He has been called a genius, certainly, but also a jerk. He was known to berate people, swear at them, and even cry in meetings. Can you be an effective leader, or even a great one, and still be lacking in so many attributes, specifically integrity, humility, emotional intelligence, and concern for others? This paper will discuss not only the legacy on Steve Jobs the innovator, but also the driven leader that drove the most profitable company in the world.

The Leadership of Steve Jobs When people think of Steve Jobs they are reminded of the man who led Apple to be the most profitable company in the world. Jobs proved his ability to be an effective leader, although his methods were sometime questioned, over a sustained period of time. During his tenure with Apple Computer as CEO, Steve Jobs was part of the leadership that created a steady stream of insanely great products: the Apple II, the original Macintosh computer, and later the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He also helped revolutionize the way we buy music through iTunes and

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