by Leaders Corner9:44 AM
William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an internationally-known business leader, philanthropist, and innovator. He is the co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest software manufacturer for personal computers. Starting from humble origins, Bill grew Microsoft into a global force, and is now worth an estimated $86 billion, making him the wealthiest person in the world. Bill has held that distinction off and on for the past twenty years.
Bill’s Leadership Style
Like many of today’s great leaders, Bill Gates is known for his transformational style. In the transformational leadership style, there are several attributes that distinguish it from other styles. These include:
- Being able to put together a strong team
- Identifying something that needs to change
- Creating a vision for that change from thought to reality
- Leveraging the power of the team to bring ideas to life
For Bill Gates, Microsoft was the culmination of his love of computing. He was able to “see the writing on the wall” as personal computers were just being introduced to households around the world. He wanted to make them better and more useful, so he set off to transform the industry. By identifying what needed changing, he revolutionized PCs and the way we use them. He was also able to assemble a great team who shared his vision.
The primary attribute of any leader, regardless of style, is to be able to work hard until a project is completed. Bill has developed a reputation for his tireless work ethic. He studied demographics of typical computer users, then sought to develop solutions to make their jobs easier and more efficient. The result was Microsoft’s wide range of software products. Each product spearheaded by Bill and his company address a specific business or entertainment need. From operating systems to office task software, gaming systems, and educational platforms, Bill and Microsoft were able to develop incredible solutions that resonated with users.
Seeing into the Future
A truly great transformational leader has the ability to gauge the direction of industry futures. Bill Gates embodies this ability, overcoming challenges and pitfalls along the way. Bill developed a long-term strategy for his work and for his company. He was able to foresee aspects of the computing industry before many of his peers and rolled out solutions in a timely manner.
Bill has a vision that he shares with the team around him. The team is invested in the continued success of the company and continues to dominate the personal computing world. New products and new solutions are a small part of the transformational style Bill has demonstrated throughout his lengthy career. This applies even to his philanthropic efforts, primarily in providing computers to schoolchildren around the world. The Bill Gates Foundation has been instrumental in preparing the next generation of computing experts. Bill Gates transformed an entire industry through hard work, vision, and a team that was flexible enough to address challenges as they arose. In short, Bill is one of today’s great leaders.