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Inc.'s Badass-Boss Hall of Fame

Here's what you should learn from the most uncompromising, and wildly successful, leaders.

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Steve Jobs. Martha Stewart. Some bosses aren't in it to be loved. Here's how that works, and how it doesn't. 

1. Steve Jobs: The Perfectionist

Gave employees a higher purpose but was unsparing about their shortcomings.

2. Barry Diller: The Taskmaster

Embraces creative conflict but intimidates employees into pulling all-nighters.

3. Scott Rudin: The Hothead

Produced hits such as The Social Network and School of Rock; once fired an assistant for bringing him the wrong muffin.

4. Martha Stewart: The Control Freak

Made a fortune on her attention to detail but has trouble ceding control.

5. George Steinbrenner: The competitor

Core belief: "Winning is the most important thing in life, after breathing."

How tough is too tough? Learn how some leaders still manage the old-school way: The Lost Art of Tough Love

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From the February 2014 issue of Inc. magazine




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