Steve Jobs as a Transformational leader

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A transformational leader is a person that lays his/her goals out and takes extraordinary measures to accomplish them. Their goals usually focus on the well being of the situation and their people. They strive to change the views of others and convince followers that the ethical behavior is morally correct of the leader's. An example of an exceptional leader would be Steve Jobs, the current CEO/co-founder of Apple Inc. Jobs is considered a leading figurehead in both the entertainment and computer industry. "Steve Jobs is listed as Fortune Magazine's most powerful businessman of 2007 out of twenty-five other top businessmen" (Wikipedia). Steve Jobs has made a large impact on our contemporary society due to his contributions, accomplishments …show more content…
During the past 50 years the autocratic style has been used less and less and criticized more often. It is well known that a company who demonstrates this philosophy will have higher turnover and increased absenteeism than other companies. Now companies adopt the more modern permissive and interactive style. However Job's may never be outmatched by a single entity but due to his unique and aggressive style he single-handedly enhanced an entire organization, something the world never anticipated.

When comparing Jobs to historical thinkers it is evident that he clearly shadows Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli's The Prince is a highly controversial book that outlines Machiavelli's idea on effective leadership. In the pre-industrial era Machiavelli wrote this piece to give advice on how a "prince" would stay in power, to keep power, and how to obtain power. An important issue that Machiavelli touches on is the idea on how princes should keep faith. Machiavelli suggests whether it would be better to be loved or feared. He notes it "is much safer to be feared than loved" (The Prince, 4). As mentioned earlier, Jobs runs his company in a very autocratic sense where the current executives are more feared by Jobs rather then anything else in the company. When comparing Jobs to Machiavelli it is apparent that they both possess similar traits. Job's

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