How many entrepreneurs do you know who model themselves, consciously or unconsciously, on Steve Jobs?
By all accounts, Steve Jobs combined incredible genius and an ability to get things done with a personality that could politely be described as ‘difficult’. In fact, many people who worked for him describe him as an asshole.
Despite everything, people chose to work for him and build great products. It was the price you had to pay and many felt it was worth it.
The problem that entrepreneurs who model themselves on Apple’s machiavellian genius is they only get one bit right. They usually don’t come up to the mark as a creative genius but they sure as heck excel at the asshole bit. A-hole leaders build company cultures that reflect their personalities.
Think different! A little humility and self awareness goes a long way.
The 12th Business of Software Conference USA, October 1st-3rd 2018. Boston, MA.
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