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The Steve Jobs Conundrum
You may have heard of Steve Jobs. You could say he was incredibly innovative. Or maybe you believe that he swiped preexisting ideas, made them look pretty, and sold them to people who were none the wiser.
But I’m not here to rekindle the “Apple vs. The World” debate. Instead, I’d like to talk about how Mr. Jobs relates to business education, and specifically the leadership lessons he offers. Priya wrote about the BMBA’s Leadership theme here, and I recommend her post for an overview of the kinds of questions our cohort has been grappling with when it comes to leaders and leadership.
So what does Steve Jobs have to do with this? Given Apple’s tremendous success and Jobs’s unconventional leadership style, the man has become a focal point for MBA studies around the world. And for good reason. Proponents of the “transformational,” or charismatic, style of leadership routinely point to Jobs as an exemplar for us to emulate. But how much of Jobs’s style works in the positions that most of us mere mortals find ourselves in? Is a more “transactional,” or managerial, style of leadership more appropriate? If I may be a lawyer for a moment, much if not all depends on the context.
Yet there is a push for everybody to be transformational. And people the world over appear to thirst for this type of visionary leader, whether in business, politics, or even religion. Most of these writers acknowledge the particular circumstances of Jobs’s situation, including his track record and the nature of Apple’s corporate culture, had much to do with his triumphs, but still encourage leaders to be more like him. Our professors have done a great job of infusing our class with a healthy dose of skepticism, encouraging us to take a holistic view of each situation and realize that there is no magic potion to get an organization–or a person–to leadership nirvana. If there is, please feel free to contact me immediately with a free sample.
Lastly, I would like to say something a little bit contrarian, but that I’m sure Jobs, ever the counterculture guru, would approve of:
Enough with Steve Jobs.
There are hundreds of other leaders worthy of consideration and emulation. Jobs is but one of them. Writers and publishers of cases studies and business review articles: please look at some of them. I’m sure that there are other leaders who have had success and can teach business students plenty of lessons about leadership. Now excuse me while I go back to surfing on my iPad…
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