Mark Zuckerberg is one of the more successful entrepreneurs of the century. We cannot really factor in the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or Richard Branson here as they were all super successful before the turn of the millennium. Mark Zuckerberg did not just build a billion dollar enterprise before he was in the latter half of twenties but he did so by connecting a billion people and he indeed changed the world. Whether it was for the better or worse, that time will tell but for now, Facebook is a phenomenon and it is likely to remain so.
Overview of Management Style
The Mark Zuckerberg management style is partly influenced by Steve Jobs, partly by his own personality and passion, partly by the people he has been associated with and partly by the circumstances he has been through. In that sense, he blends in a bit of autocratic leadership which is courtesy of Steve Jobs and a bit of situational leadership which is owing to his real life experiences during the nascent phase of Facebook. His personal penchant for innovation and passion drives him to practice transformational management at times. And then there are elements of participative leadership displayed from time to time, especially because of the involvement of the likes of Sheryl Sandberg.
Mark Zuckerberg management style is about five P’s: passion, purpose, people, product and partnerships. He is passionate about his work and brushes that same passion against others who work with him. In that sense, his management style is more influential and encouraging. But it is also quite aggressive as he can really push people hard to get things done. He is a restless pursuer of perfection as he consistently toys with the product till he finds it to be suitable or satiating for his desires. He expects people around him to have the same level of dedication, purpose and conviction. Although he doesn’t mind working alone, he can delegate and he does cherish rewarding partnerships.
Mark Zuckerberg management style is a classic case where a manager or leader believes that everyone should bring something to the table. He believes in contribution and doesn’t like to keep dangling with unproductive people.
Mark Zuckerberg management style is also casual. He doesn’t believe in dress codes, he loves open offices, he likes and encourages free sharing of information, discussing new ideas and he doesn’t endorse the bossy culture that billion dollar enterprises are known for.