Kyle Baxter commenting on yesterday’s linked Steve Jobs Complex piece:
Before Disney bought Pixar in 2006, Jobs was both CEO and Chairman of Pixar, but he certainly did not act as a traditional CEO. Instead, Jobs delegated almost all authority in actually running the company to Alvy Ray Smith, Ed Catmull and John Lasseter. Jobs didn’t know animation or the movie business and so his role was limited.
That isn’t what someone does if they believe the mark of a good CEO is whether they’re directly involved in all product decisions. It’s what someone does when they know their strengths and weaknesses, and serve the role where they can be most effective.
It’s not about acting one way or not. It’s about knowing what you’re good at and surrounding yourself with brilliant people who makeup for what you’re not.