Steve Jobs: The Iconic Transformational Leader Introduction At a time when many major corporations are reeling from mismanagement and lack of vision and ethics, it is worth revisiting Steve Jobs as an icon of transformational leadership (TL). Transformational leaders help followers grow and develop into leaders by responding to individual followers’ needs by empowering them and by aligning the objectives and goals of the individual followers, the leader, the group, and the larger organization (Bass & Riggio , 2006). While many give Jobs due credit for many of Apple’s achievements, it is his intentional and intuitive leadership style that drives the organization to be more than the sum of its parts, to constantly think outside the box...The end:
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