By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus – Amazon Chief Executive Officer and founder Jeff Bezos has stepped down from the CEO role after 27 years at the helm of the American Technology giant.
Bezos, who is credited with transforming Amazon from a small start-up into one of the biggest companies in the world, currently valued at $1.8 trillion is known for also revolutionizing business management skills.
From his hate for use of PowerPoint presentations to his love of working with small teams, his was a different style from the beginning.
“Everything is very open, and on the table, and the conversations get heated and very passionate. But it's about the subject, never against the person,” Nadia Shouraboura, who used to work with Bezos at Amazon, told media.
Known for his love for engineering, inventions and machines, Bezos has an obsession with metrics - not a bad trait in the world of logistics. However, critics have pointed out that that obsession has human costs, particularly in Amazon's numerous warehouses.
Besides, Bezos prefers a more self-autonomous style of leadership with the senior levels of management. He likes his teams to have autonomy, which he assumes fosters innovation.
A case in point is Amazon Web Services (AWS), the resonantly successful cloud computing service, that didn't have much to do with Amazon's core business: e-commerce.
Queerly, Bezos backed the idea, allowing his trusted employee Andy Jassy the sovereignty, and capital, to go about creating a company within a company. Bezos looked at Jassy as an entrepreneur, not just a manager - one of the main reasons why he will take over as Bezos' successor.
As he steps down, Bezos will always be remembered for his revolutionary style of leadership.