The paper "The Executive Leader: Steve Jobs and Jim Torr" is a wonderful example of a case study on human resources. Steve Jobs can be described as a larger than life individual in the 21st century and has greatly impacted varied industries including the mobile phone industry, electronic industry, and more so the music industry (Imbimbo, 2009). Steve Paul Jobs an American entrepreneur and innovator, was the co-founder, chief executive, and chairman at Apple Inc until his death in the year 2011. He is reputed for envisioning the revolution in the computer world and playing a great role in changing the consumer electronics industry as noted by Lashinsky (2012).
Apart from Apple Inc, Jobs co-founded other companies such as Pixar and NeXT Inc. As a visionary and innovative individual, Jobs is responsible for the introduction of smart electronic gadgets such as iPods, which are portable music players. iTunes, which is a digital music system, iTunes Store, the iPad, which is a digital tablet and the iPhone, Apple’ s cellular phone, which is a smartphone with iPod features and a mobile browser among other features (Imbimbo, 2009). Jobs’ leadership style was suitable for a contemporary company such as Apple Inc, which is at the center of a dynamic information and technology industry.
Jobs did not only demand accountability, commitment, hard work, and change from his subordinates but also, he lived as an example by demanding that of himself (Lashinsky, 2012). He was keen to envisage the future, prepare products and processes that aligned to the future he saw, and executed quality, feasible and relevant products that effectively and efficiently met the needs of both the internal and external environment of the company he worked for.
As a trendsetter, Jobs affirmed his commitment to innovation and creativity by describing himself and Apple Inc as a person and a company respectively that skates to where the puck is going to be and not where it has been (Imbimbo, 2009). According to Lashinsky (2012), Steve Jobs as the Chief executive officer was not only demanding of his subordinates but also keen on promoting quality in form, processes, people, and products. He never was afraid to make tough choices such as terminating varied projects such as Cyber dog among others and laying off employees thought to be underperforming in order to maximize returns on investments and minimize costs.
According to Imbimbo (2009), Steve Jobs understood his customers; he knew their future needs, expectations, tastes, and preferences.
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