Steve Jobs is remembered as a brilliant leader and visionary, but he also has a reputation for being stern, harsh, and sometimes just downright mean.

In their new book, "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader," Brent Shlender and Rick Tetzeli seek to paint a different picture of Jobs one that shows how he matured over the years.

It shows a more personable side of Jobs that not only portrays his quick and somewhat unreasonable temper, but his kindness and appreciation for those close to him.

He gave Pixar's John Lasseter a special bonus so he could buy a new car.

Lasseter was one of Jobs' closest friends. Schlender and Tetzeli's book describes an instance in which Jobs gave Lasseter a bonus so that he could replace his 1984 Honda Civic. 

"You have to use this to buy a new car," he told Lasseter, according to the book. "You have to buy or lease a new car, and it has to be safe, and I have to approve it." 



He took his Mac team on retreats and praised their work.

In the company's early days, after the Apple II was released, Jobs would take his Mac engineers on retreats so that he could get to know them better, according to the book. He gave inspirational speeches to his engineers, saying that the work they were doing was "going to send a giant ripple through the universe."



He helped a complete stranger fix his car.

A designer named Tim Smith would pass by Jobs' house when visiting his girlfriend in Palo Alto. One day, when his car broke down, Jobs' wife Laurene came out and brought him a beer while Jobs tried to fix the car. Smith detailed the interaction on Quora, which Schlender and Tetzeli reference in their book. 



He relentlessly stood up for his Mac engineers.

"He was so protective of us," one Mac engineer said, "that whenever we complained about somebody outside the division, it was like unleashing a Doberman."

Engineers loved working for Jobs because he made them feel like artists. 




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