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Silicon Valley has idolized Steve Jobs for decades-and it's finally paying the price

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Silicon Valley has idolized Steve Jobs for decades-and it's finally paying the price
Steve Jobs has been called the greatest businessman the world has ever seen and the best CEO of this generation. But he's also the same man who would allegedly yell at people for 30 minutes straight, cut in front of his employees at lunchtime, berate hospitality and restaurant staff, park in handicapped spaces, said all HR personnel have a " mediocre mentality," and told his staff how much they "sucked."

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Being rude as a management style

It seems that Silicon Valley decided that internet connectivity matters more than human connectivity. After all, if it worked for a genius like Jobs, can it be that bad? 

But research reveals that it can have a devastating impact: While this management style might work in the short-term, employees can't flourish for long under a narcissistic, demanding boss.

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Hyper-critical leadership

Hyper-critical leadership

In spite of some success of hyper-critical leadership in the short term, 

  • studies have shown that it not only leads to unmotivated employees and office in-fighting 
  • but can also lead to serious issues like depression, high blood pressure, weight gain, substance abuse, and even premature death.

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Bullying is an ineffective leadership tool

Jobs was famous for the way he would obliterate his staff, often in public, which maximized their humiliation by making it a spectacle rather than a private affair.

But shame has a devastating impact on a person’s motivation, creativity, and behavior - it  has been linked to depression, alcoholism, obesity, violence.

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Leaderships needs emotional intelligence

Whether or not it comes easily, emotional intelligence ought to be the foremost requirement for our companies’ leaders.

It takes no special skill to scream at someone, and it’s easy to lash out when you are angry or disappointed.

But takes effort and maturity to lead with dignity, composure, kindness, and self-awareness.

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