Every group, team, organisation, company, culture and country have leaders that are visionaries for the people that follow because they believe in this person’s ability to move forward.
Mr. Steve Jobs is no different to one of these leaders. For a combined total of over 20 years Jobs has catapulted not just his company Apple, but the industry of technology and the creativity of innovation into the future. Into something that no one could have foreseen.
A group, a team, a company and a culture - we may as well classify it as a country. Apple has been the most-valued company to have ever existed for the better part of 2 years now (and we’re talking in the eyes of the consumer, not just $$) and despite the resignation of it’s leader, it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.
Undoubtedly, we have been witness to a handful of revolutionary companies over the past century, from Ford to Microsoft to Virgin - all of which were and still are led by a single visionary that many believe is the key to what has graced these companies to their stardom-like success.
But, Apple appears to be different. Yes, Jobs is the face of Apple, yes we have seen companies slowly fade away after their leaders departed (Disney, Intel, Microsoft) and yes the jitterbugs over on Wall Street did cause the fall of Apple stocks by 5%, however, Apple is where it is because of Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO - not packing up and leaving to the middle of the Amazon forest. He will remain Chairman of the company and has appointed fellow friend and confidante Tim Cook as the new CEO (having served 13 years with the company).
There is no doubt that internal processes and procedures may change after a short while, but as we know Culture is something that sticks around - for a relatively long time. Jobs may have been the reason why people in the late 90’s and early 00’s wanted to join Apple, to see a genius at work, but all that has changed now.
With the help of Jobs, Apple has become a symbol of vision in both creativity and technology and that’s what matters most to people now. They want to be part of this culture, regardless of who sits at the top.
And to be honest, someone who has the ability and mind-frame to create the most valuable company, from a time in which it was on its way out, would do everything in their power to see that it would continue be at the top for a long while after they’re out.