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Was Steve Jobs an exceptional manager?

Ha. It's a loaded question, isn't it? It really depends who you ask. At one extreme, he's been described as a world-class jerk. On the other end of the spectrum, he's been heralded as an inspirational leader (of genius proportions).


How is it possible that this question can generate such a range of opinions?

Because most of the corporate world is entirely confused about what exceptional management is.

(often times the most confused are the people who are actually doing the job...)


If you are a people leader at any level – Supervisor, Manager, Director, C-Suite or CEO – I want to help clarify this for you. And if by that, you think I’m going to be the next person to try and draw a line between management and leadership...and then tell you which one is better...you can stop reading right now. I hate that conversation. It’s a waste of time and it doesn’t actually help us improve.

The problem is, most of us are still entirely confused about what Managing is.


Especially those who are actually doing the job.