Posted: 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
By Issie Lapowsky
Here's what you should learn from the most uncompromising, and wildly successful, leaders.
Steve Jobs. Martha Stewart. Some bosses aren't in it to be loved. Here's how that works, and how it doesn't.
1. Steve Jobs: The Perfectionist
Gave employees a higher purpose but was unsparing about their shortcomings.
2. Barry Diller: The Taskmaster
Embraces creative conflict but intimidates employees into pulling all-nighters.
3. Scott Rudin: The Hothead
Produced hits such as The Social Network and School of Rock; once fired an assistant for bringing him the wrong muffin.
4. Martha Stewart: The Control Freak
Made a fortune on her attention to detail but has trouble ceding control.
5. George Steinbrenner: The competitor
Core belief: "Winning is the most important thing in life, after breathing."