The Street.com characterizes Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the sixth richest man in the world, as a divisive figure.
The publication asked Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of Power: Why Some People Have It — And Others Don’t for his opinion. Pfeffer replied that Ellison’s approach runs counter to current business thinking, which he describes as the “Kumbaya” theory of leadership.
“There is all this stuff about how you have to be nice and kind, but if you look, not just at Larry Ellison, but at a lot of other people, including some very successful politicians, you find that is not always the case,” he said. “[Ellison] is very blunt about what he is doing, and why he is doing it — he does not have the veneer that a lot of people have.”
Pfeffer told The Street that Ellison and Steve Jobs share some competitive traits. ”I think that both [Ellison and Jobs] are people who, like all successful people, are more interested in winning than whether people like what they have done,” Pfeffer said.
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