Outline IntroductionAnalysis of Steve Jobs Leadership Style The Trait Theory – Goal AccomplishmentTeam LeadershipSteve Jobs Impact on the PC IndustryComparison of Steve’s Leadership Style with the Milberg of BMWConclusionReferencesIntroductionGlobalization is multidimensional and therefore, its effects spans across political, cultural, social as well as economic areas. Thus, in order to be effective and demonstrate high quality leadership, there are attributes and behaviors that leaders must cultivate such as excellent communication skills, commitment, honesty, integrity and a belief in the followers. However, globalization brought many cultures together. This world cultures are also becoming increasingly interconnected and immigration is bringing about more cultural and ethnic diversity on a global scale.
People have therefore come to observe many different enactments of leadership roles and have come to understand that a leader's personal background, including matters like ethnicity or a handicap, will affect his or her leadership vision (Jacobs, 2007). Leadership can be expected to continue to change because the world is also transforming all around us. While it is traditional today to regard a leader as an individual who can set a course and inspire people to follow it, this view might drastically change as a result of the increasing diversity of businesses and interdependence of the market players.
This interdependence demands that leaders adopt a more collaborative and inclusive style of leadership that favors team leadership over individual management. Much of the leadership styles that are possessed by Steve could possibly be perceived by most of the present leaders who rely on transformational leadership as an unusual and unconventional. Despite such assertion, there is practical applicability of every principle that Steve used to get to the realm.
Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to explore Steve jobs’ leadership characteristics and to determine its relevancy in the in the operation of future managers. Steve employed relationship-based leader ship which encourages two-way communication, provides support and encouragement, inspires, listens, facilitates interaction and empowers the follower(s) with making decisions. This sort of leadership is defined by praising, listening, inspiring and facilitating. This means he was transformational leaders. Recent research have evidenced that transformational leaders are more effective because they establish a powerful vision of the future and sets challenging tasks or propose ideas that intellectually stimulate followers. Analysis of Steve Jobs Leadership Style One of the greatest leaders of his times, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. , had a perturbing leadership style.
He was driven by his extreme desire to innovate. He was not a saint, yet he will be remembered as the one who applied his imagination in bringing about the change to technology business. The personality of Steve jobs as a great leader can be subdivided into elements highlighting his leaderhsip skills and style. One of the great abilties of Steve jobs was his ability to retain focus.
He had a strong locus of control and liked to get things done on time. Another leadership trait in Steve jobs was to simplify things as much as possible. He would take the responsibility once he had started something till the end. His mantra for progress was to take a quantum leap when left behind. Another leadership trait that he exuded was to put the organization before any kind of profits and he loathed being a servant to focus group sessions.
He believed in bending reality and pushing for perfection. He was both people-oriented and task-oriented when the times called for it (Isaacson, 2012 p. 7).