The video explains the intense recruiting process at Apple in its early days. Candidates could have interviews from early in the morning until dinner, meeting numerous people within the company. The point was to find those individuals who weren’t just smart in person and good on paper, but genuinely passionate about the product and a good fit for the company’s distinct culture. Jobs wanted people who didn’t actually have to be managed.

“I consider the most important job of someone like myself is recruiting,” he says.

The job of a leader in that culture isn’t to manage at all, but to guide everyone toward the same goal. “What they need is a common vision,” Jobs says, “and that’s what leadership is.”

His perspective sounds quite similar to that of a well-regarded leader in a very different field. At an event last year, Sidney Toledano, the president and CEO of Christian Dior, described his approach to managing creatives at one of the world’s most prestigious fashion brands. “First of all, forget about managing,” he said.

Managing isn’t, or at least shouldn’t be, a top-down affair, where one person delivers orders for those beneath to follow. Rather, it’s a collaboration with a shared end point. The key is to make sure everyone understands and is working toward that goal.

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