Steve Jobs, the man who changed the face of personal computers, remade the computer and phone industries, and became known as a revolutionary computer genius, was also a tyrannical leader and poor manager according to biographer Walter Isaacson in his eponymous book about Jobs.
"In fact, he could have been one of the world's worst managers," according to Isaacson on CBS 60 Minutes program on Sunday. "He's not warm and fuzzy."
During the course of his two separate tenures at Apple, Jobs alienated colleagues and investors alike with his acerbic and stubborn attitude. "He could be very, very mean to people at times," said Isaacson.
Argumentative and mean, Jobs chased away people with whom he couldn't share his unique management style, which produced some of the world’s most innovative devices. Jobs apparently loved to argue but not everyone appreciated the brainstorming technique.
Even with Jobs' abrasive style he oversaw the production of revolutionary products, and for that Steve Jobs has become a legend in the industry.
Another story Isaacson told about Jobs in the book, Steve Jobs, details his eccentric nature by describing his tenure at Atari in 1974, where Jobs refused to wear shoes or take baths and smelled so bad he was assigned to the night shift. He was saving money for a trip to India, according to biographers, the journey that Steve Jobs says helped lead to the magical thinking that came to define the creation of Apple.
But towards the end, Jobs struggled with the question — is there a God, says Isaacson. For Jobs, Isaacson said it was 50-50.