The discussion among the accountability participants became, “I’m being too soft on people. I need to be more abrasive. I need to be more like Steve Jobs.”
The look on my face was incredulous. “You missed the entire point,” I told them. “Steve Jobs was not successful because of those particular qualities. He was successful in spite of them.”
Interestingly enough, there was an article in a major business magazine about this very phenomenon.
After the biography was released, a number of CEOs turned into real pricks trying to model Steve Jobs, and it was destroying their organizations.