The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

By Muriel Jones on April 10, 2012

Esteemed author Walter Isaacson—a best-selling author and highly-acclaimed journalist who was given exclusive and unprecedented access to the subject of his most recent book, Steve Jobs, is widely considered to be one of today’s most insightful biographers.

Isaacson spent the last two years working on the only authorized biography of Apple Co-founder, Steve Jobs, titled Steve Jobs. Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written or even the right to read it before his death in October 2011. Jobs put nothing off limits and encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly to Isaacson. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs—as well as interviews with more than a 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues—Isaacson tells a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.

Click here to read The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson on HBR.org.

Tune in to Walter Isaacson’s live broadcast with us on Timeless Leadership: Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin on September 18.

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