BUS610 Wk4 Disc2
Steve Jobs was not an ethical leader. In a world of modern theoretical business ethics assumptions and savvy personnel, it is more likely that Jobs fell into a small category of people who are, according to Stark (1993), “…navigating those situations where the right course is clear, but real-world competitive and institutional pressures lead even well-intentioned managers astray” (p. 38). This scenario sets up a dilemma for any strong willed entrepreneur, who wishes for nothing more than to see their company succeed, as judgment could become clouded. In respect to Jobs, it was likely more applicable to his personality, as well as his drive to succeed and pioneer the industry. According to Baack (2012), a production-oriented behavior occurs when the manager is focused on the completion of the task, and the quality of the work. This is a focus that assumedly overlooks the personal – or employee-focused – aspect of being an ethical leader.
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