The Apple Computer Company is one of the most innovative technology companies to emerge in the last three decades. Apple, Inc. is responsible for bringing to market such products as the Macintosh computer and laptop, the iPod and iTunes, and most recently, the iPhone. The success of the company can be traced primarily to a single individual, the co-founder, Steven Jobs.
First, review the following case study:
Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc.
Then, respond to the following:
Determine and explain what type of leader Steve Jobs was.
Explain how his vision and values were reflected in his leadership style.
Summarize the initial challenges he faced when starting Apple. Specifically, address Jobs’ strategy and implementation.
Identify and explain the drivers for change in the personal computer industry.
Discuss how Steve Jobs used partnerships and collaboration.
Analyze Jobs’ approach to continuous process improvement.
Determine what skills, ideas, and approaches might be useful in your own work/life situation.
Utilize at least two scholarly sources.
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This report is based on the analysis of the leadership style and situation of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs had co-founded Apple Inc. with Steve Wozniak in the year 1976. However, after 10 years of commencement of operations, Jobs was fired from his own company due to clashes between him and the Board. His exit led to further decline in the profitability of the company and he returned to the company in 1997. Since then, the company has been on a rise and has emerged as one of the most successful and innovative companies in the world today (Finkle & Mallin, 2010)....