Was Steve Jobs's obnoxious personality necessary for the beauty he brought into our world?
I've been thinking about the world differently since reading his autobiography. I've been looking at file cabinets and thinking about how they could be designed more beautifully. I've been telling myself if toilet stalls could be designed more beautifully. His obsession with elegance, beauty led to that. That he cared about it. At the same time, I compare him against Riggio and Bass's four aspects of a transformational leader. He certainly had inspirational motivation but he didn't have individualized concern. He was not an idealized influence. He was not somebody anyone wanted to be like. He did have intellectual engagement. So he passes two out of their four tests for a transformational leader. Seems to me that makes him a leader who transformed our world but not a transformational leader. So the larger question I'm asking is could he have brought about the beauty that he brought to computing without being as obnoxious as he was? By being a transformational leader who transformed an industry. What do you think?
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