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The Steve Jobs Equation for Tough Leadership
6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Close your eyes and think of the most iconic founder in recent memory. We're willing to bet that an image of Steve Jobs floats through your mind. That's no surprise.

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Steve Job's effectiveness boiled down to this:

He inspired team members first so that they were driven to live up to his exacting standards when the situation called for it.

Get this equation backwards and you will wonder why&...

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The formula for being an inspirational driver

  • Know your "noble cause." Jobs understood that if teams don’t find their work meaningful, they perceive challenging directives from a leader as arbitrary demands rather than a call ...

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