The three CEOs known as the leading innovators of today have one personality trait in common, a reason Elon Musk, Bill Gatesand the end Steve Jobs to be successful.
According to the author and historian Walter Isaacson, Musk, Gates and Jobs are very unemotional when dealing with employees or colleagues. However, they also don’t compromise on fulfilling their business vision, Isaacson said CNBC’s Squawk Box.
“The ability is not to be emotional, to empathize with seeing [their] passing vision. It’s something Steve Jobs has, it’s something Bill gate [has]”, said Isaacson.
“Musk is very similar [to Jobs] so incredibly open,” he said. “That transparency is part of his genius.”
“Many of these people have it because they are not looking for love from the person sitting next to them. Instead, they want to find a rocket to Mars,” he said.
Isaacson said of Musk, “I’ve always been interested in innovators and people who push the boundaries, and they make the most important and difficult boundaries.”
However, he added that Musk always “cares about his reputation” – but that doesn’t change his tendency to be blunt, or even rude, with employees.
At podcast aired in 2020, Gates admitted that he was not a lover during his early days at Microsoft.
Gates said that he and Jobs were known for their intense competitive rivalry. This ultimately translates into very high expectations for employees.
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