I left Apple in April of 1984, pretty soon after the introduction of the Mac.
Being idealistic really helps you overcome some of the many obstacles put in your path.
But I think Steve's main contribution besides just the pure leadership is his passion for excellence. He's a perfectionist. Good enough isn't good enough. And also his creative spirit. You know he really, really wants to do something great.
A lot of people thought Steve Jobs was a CEO of Apple but he never was until he came back to Apple in 1997.
I developed some unique software to public it on the web that I call the Folklore Project.