@Michel B would that be his flat disregard for profit,
C'mon. Making Apple as successful as possible was not his goal? And he even cheated on business partners all the way from the beginning (Wozniak and Wayne).
@Michel B his famous anger bursts.
There is no relation to being a good or bad manager. Anger bursts are just inappropriate and embarrassing, that's all.
@Michel B He had a real sense of the products, and real ambitions for them that went much beyond simple sales figures. He was demanding enough on the products to make them as good as technically possible, and obsessive enough to make them aesthetically near perfect (at the time).
Others did that too decades earlier (Dieter Rams for BRAUN who Jobs often quoted – after Ive had introduced him to Rams' Good design" principles). It should be the standard for every business producing appliances.
@Michel B Job was more than a manager.
The "guru" part was clever self-marketing. You could also say he was a dictator, cruel, abusive, etc.
@Michel B Steve Jobs was a hippie
Not true at all. Again clever self-marketing. S_e_x, drugs, and Rock'n'Roll? Nope. Hanging around a year in a hippie commune and then traveling to India for seeking enlightenment does not make you a hippie. It just shows that you have enough money. He was clever enough to declare that as his "forming years"... All he might got have from this time is a shorter life. And by the way, why should being a hippie be something positive? For some 'enlightenment' I recommend Frank Zappa & The Mothers - Who Needs the Peace Corps...
@Michel B and had quite a philosophical purpose for his products.
Pompous BS this was – and I'm not speaking of the Stevenotes, written by pros and over days trained like if he was a stand-up comedian – whenever he spoke freely about him and his work, you realize that he was quite a mediocre thinker.
Jobs was really a genius in self-marketing. And a genius in abusing people inferior to him – which he called "motivating" his employees. And he was only good at it when he alone had the power. Just surround yourself with people who cannot become dangerous to you and who will not stand up against you. That's relatively easy. Unfortunately these people – now running Apple – are slowly ruining it – especially Ive and Federighi. They are just not good enough – and that is his legacy!