The purpose of this paper is to analyze Steve Jobs’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader, as well as his leadership style, philosophy and values. Steve Jobs was one of the most successful entrepreneurs and inventors of all time. He distinguished himself because of his authenticity and creativity, always thinking outside the box.
Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, to Abdulfattah "John" Jandali and Joanne Schieble, two graduate students from University Wisconsin. Being born out of marriage, the baby was put up for adoption. Jandali was a political science professor and Joanne a speech therapist (all about Steve Jobs, 2013). Shortly after Steve was placed for adoption, his biological parents married and had their second child, Mona Simpson. Jobs was not able to find out information on his biological parents until he was 27, when he had enough money to contract a private investigator.
Paul Reinhold Jobs and Clara Jobs, a middle-class Armenian couple, adopted Steve Jobs at birth. Originally, Joanne and Jandali wanted their son to be adopted by an educated family. Although the Jobs family did not meet the requirements for the agreement of the adoption, Joanne agreed as long as they promised that they would later send him to college. The family moved to the Silicon Valley a few years later, making Steve Jobs grow up in a neighborhood of engineers working on electronics in their garages. Growing up in this environment shaped Steve’s interest in the field. At age 13, he met 18-year-old Stephen Wozniak, an electronics prodigy kid, who eventually became his colleague at Apple.
About five years later, Steve Jobs told his parents he wanted to enroll in Reed College — a very costly liberal arts college in Oregon. Even though the tuition fees were exorbitant for his parents to afford, they had promised their son's biological parents he would get a college education, so they relented. Steve spent only six months at Reed College, and then dropped out. Steve’s true passion was more in eastern philosophy and fruitarian diets than in the classes he took. He moved to Oregon and lived in a hippie community where his main activity was cultivating apples.
A few months later, in late 1973, Steve Jobs returned to California where he took a job as a technician in Los Gatos, California. Jobs was often described as difficult but a valuable team player, and as the smartest guy in the room, and he would let people know that (Bushnell, 2012). He used his wages to make a trip to India with one of his college friends, in order to 'seek enlightenment'. When he came back from India, he started to take interest in his friend Wozniak’s new technological activities. In 1976, Jobs and Wozniak formed their own business, which they named "Apple Computer Company" in remembrance of the happy summer Jobs had spent cultivating apples. Ever since then, Steve Jobs’s professional career ascended to a remarkable success.