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Steve Jobs: Ten Lessons in Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Michael Essany
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Steve Jobs: Ten Lessons in Leadership" is the work of national bestselling author and veteran tech news reporter Michael Essany.

On October 5th, 2011, the world lost one of its greatest innovators, inventors, and inspired artists - Apple co-founder and tech visionary Steve Jobs. But as the world mourned the loss, it also collectively opened its eyes to the extraordinary wisdom imparted from his 56 years.

Within three weeks of his passing, the official Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson was published. But since then, more details of Steve Jobs' personal and professional lives have emerged.

The following work presents the philosophies and values preached and practiced by Jobs throughout his career, though only some have been well-known until now. These are the ten lessons in leadership as exemplified by the incomparable life and legacy of Steve Jobs.


Lesson 2: The Details Don't Matter... At First

In January 2012, Bob Borchers - a former iPhone product marketing engineer for Apple - revealed that which was not widely known about Steve Jobs. The Apple chief's original challenge to the team was not to design a cutting edge smartphone with myriad bells and whistles. Jobs wanted his team to create a device that consumers - once in possession of it - could never imagine a time in which they no longer owned one.

"What's interesting is that the challenge Steve laid out for us when we created the iPhone wasn't to make a touch-screen device that would play apps and do all of this stuff," Borchers revealed. "His [charge] was simple. He wanted to create the first phone that people would fall in love with. That's what he told us."

As difficult as it may be to fathom today, Steve Jobs said nothing of apps, GPS, video or photography, or voice integration when he spoke of the first iPhone. The only specifics Jobs outlined were that the device must be the best iPod produced to date and also something that enables users to carry ‘the internet in their pocket.’

"Now if you're an engineer, like I am by training, you're like 'what the heck does that mean?'" Borchers reflects. "But he was right. The idea was that he wanted to create something that was so instrumental and integrated in peoples' lives that you'd rather leave your wallet at home than your iPhone."


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3.0 out of 5 stars Leadership? May 12, 2012
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The book is an excellent recount of some major achievements by a much admired man. Lessons in Leadership though, I don't think so. Perhaps a better title for the book would have been "Ten game changing moves by Steve Jobs".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Material March 18, 2012
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There are a few nuggets of good information in this short read, but if you truly want to learn about the Leadership style of Steve Jobs purchase the book written by Walter Isaacson. So much can be learned about Leadership, good and bad, by diving into Job's life and this book does not do it justice. I am not really sure I would even classify each of the 10 lessons outlined in this book as being areas of true Leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful September 25, 2013
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Very informative. The leadership lessons are timely and it sums up the key elements in a methodical manner. Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Succinct overview May 24, 2013
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A handy distillation of some of the many lessons we can learn from Steve Job's incredible management style, and his views on leading a company. A worthwhile reference that lends itself to frequent refresher visits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The legend lives through this book April 27, 2013
By ryry1
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Short, but accurate, Ten Lessons in Leadership explores the practices of Steve Jobs, the man behind Apple.

Readers can expect to take a bit of what Steve Jobs used in his own business to take them and/or their business to the next level. I personal appreciate the short-cut style mindset Steve had at times and how the book displays how easy it is for ANYONE to adapt this mindset to their own circumstances.

5/5 stars for innovative display into the behind the scenes of a mastermind and how others can become more like him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlighting April 11, 2014
By pmh
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Very good. Quick read. Gives you some thing's to think about. Different concept to management and leadership. Steve had a great mind.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Leadership? - Anecdotal at best. April 4, 2014
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The premise of this books seems to be that if someone is successful and in a position of power they are a leader. As far as I can tell that is how the author defines leadership but there are literally hundreds of definitions of leadership. In fact Burns distinguished between power wielders, transformational and transactional leadership. This book makes it difficult to see how Jobs was anything more than a power wielder as the relationship between him and his followers is limited to what Jobs knew and apparently told his followers. I am not saying Jobs was not a good leader, just that this book does little in the way of describing actual leadership.

The author talks a lot about what Jobs did and how he thought but rarely how he actually worked with others. The story seems to be that Jobs did and thought everything. Success stemmed from that, not that he led. Perhaps he was a genius but does genius mean leadership? If you are simply telling everyone else what is correct and know it all then is that leadership? Perhaps the grade school kind of leadership where there was one person in front and everyone followed along. The more modern tale of leadership is more complex and has to do with inspiration, engendering teamwork, empowering etc.

The author tells of how Jobs failed to listen to experts in the medical field and how it may have cost him his life. The lesson - apparently to trust your own judgement only in your field. Good leaders will trust others judgments even in their own field apparently Jobs did not but that is not much of a recipe for other leaders. Leaders do not imagine themselves to be the be all and end all in any field and I imagine that Jobs had a lot of help with a lot of good people at Apple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 awesome lessons February 22, 2014
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This is a great book full of inspiring nuggets of gold to motivate and move you forward. Touching the spirit within.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring
A great leader and visionary!
If you are in a leadership position... Take these ten lessons to heart! Make these ten lessons change the way you lead. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael B
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Jobs: Ten Lessons in Leadership
I had to talk about Steve Jobs as a leader for one of my business management classes, since I picked this book, and specifically Steve Jobs as my topic of discussion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rhonda
3.0 out of 5 stars decent
I honestly was expecting more. But this is a quick and easy read that had some decent quotes in it.
Published 3 months ago by Christina
1.0 out of 5 stars No real lessons
Read Isaacsons book. This is nothing but quotes and quips. There are no lessons in leadership within these covers at all.
Published 3 months ago by Tim Ryan
2.0 out of 5 stars ok not great
Pretty superficial review with few take home lessons but an easy 1 hour read on a lazy weekend or something
Published 3 months ago by Bob S
4.0 out of 5 stars A brief but decent read.
Some basic and interesting facts about Jobs. I'd recommend it given the price. Sometimes all you need is that one sentence that strikes a chord in you to get you back to that level... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nandi
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book for leadership. Has examples an clarifies each points. Easy to understand and absolve. Suggest other to read as we'll.
Published 4 months ago by chand
3.0 out of 5 stars Jobs Worship?
Mistakes... Successes... We all have them. This book simply brings together a collection of quotes regarding the late Steve Jobs and tends to hold him on a huge pedestal, on which,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!!
This was very well written and does a great job of describing the real Steve Jobs. No punches are pulled. It makes one appreciate even more what an amazing visionary he was. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars aaa
why i must rate this book before reading the ending?and required 20 words in minimum? It does not make sense
Published 5 months ago by bbb
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More About the Author

Michael Essany is a former E! Entertainment Television host and producer widely recognizable for his appearances on Oprah, The Tonight Show, Access Hollywood, Today, ET, and Inside Edition.

Michael is also a bestselling author, columnist, and blogger whose work and accomplishments have been featured in the pages of Time, People, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Details, Maxim, and TV Guide.

Michael graduated Magna cum Laude from Valparaiso University in 2005 with a BA in Political Science. That same year, A&E Biography recognized Michael's work and inspirational achievements by naming him to their list of "America's Most Remarkable People."

Since 2008, Michael Essany has served as Vice President of Indiana Grain Company. Michael, his wife Christa, and their daughter Gianna reside just outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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