The 6 world-famous tech leaders who can be found within UK workers

Although he passed away in October 2011, Apple founder Steve Jobs lives on in 11 per cent of British workers, Randstad Technologies found.

A known disruptor and a man deemed ahead of his time, he was thrown out of the company he started at the age of 30, only to return as CEO when the company realised how much it needed him.

In addition to being responsible for the Macs we know today, as well as the iPod, iPhone and assorted goods, Jobs also founded Pixar – later acquired by Disney.

Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson described him as the “creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionised six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.”

In joint last place with five per cent each, it’s Alan Sugar and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Of course, anyone who has seen The Apprentice will know that Sugar is famed for his aggressive and no-nonsense attitude – which may not necessarily be qualities you’d want in team members.

However, his bullish and confrontational approach resulted in his 1968-founded electronics company Amstrad going the distance to be acquired by client BSkyB in 2007.

Sugar was also the former owner and chairman of Tottenham Hotspur and helped the team through troubling finances, though he was criticised by fans and peers for being more interested in money than the success of the club.

On the topic of Sugar, former Spurs player Jurgen Klinsmann, said: “He only ever talks about money. He never talks about the game. I would say there is a big question mark over whether Sugar’s heart is in the club and in football. The big question is what he likes more, the business or the football?”

“Although he has always appeared to be more focussed on traditional selling than creating great technology and chasing a good profit rather than creating a good product, it’s difficult to argue with Lord Sugar’s success,” said Jacobs.

“He might not be a tech purist like Steve Jobs but Lord Sugar is an outstanding businessman. The fact that technology professionals are not mimicking his style might be good for all of us – as contestants on The Apprentice know only too well, a boardroom grilling by Lord Sugar is an uncomfortable experience.”

As for Mayer, she’s known for being a workaholic. New York Magazine said she “has been dismissive of people who, as she puts it, ‘want eight hours of sleep a night, three meals a day’.”

The reason for such an attitude is seemingly because the Yahoo boss expects people to follow her lead of just four hours of sleep each night. As such, she has said: “I don’t really believe in burnout. A lot of people work really hard for decades and decades, like Winston Churchill and Einstein.”

Other worrying attributes former Google executive Mayer is reported to possess including bullying team members. A former colleague said her ex-boss “doesn’t understand managing any other way than intimidation or humiliation” and suggested she only got to her post because of her work-obsessed attitude.

“No one understood why she had the power that she had, except that she will literally work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” the source said.

Summarising what a Mayer in the company could mean, Jacobs concluded: “If you’re following in Mayer’s footsteps you are probably a border line workaholic, with a no-nonsense approach to getting things done, even if it means telling some home truths. That might be good for business but it might not go down so well with colleagues.”

So with the results revealed, which tech leader resides inside of you?

Share this story

Close
Menu
Send this to a friend