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|Gates vs. Ballmer: Leadership at Microsoft |
|Thought Exercise 6 |
|HRM 601 |
|Vickii Bacchetta |
|April 5, 2009 |

Broadly defined, a leader is someone who sets a direction for a company. This vision needs to be created and then fiercely believed and upheld. The leader must inspire others to work toward the vision. To do this well, a leader has to first be followed, trusted, and respected by their subordinates.

Typically leaders have this vision because they also have a strong aspiration to make their mark on things. They aren’t happy with the way things are and believe they can make a substantial change. These characteristics may seem to make a person egotistical and arrogant but a good leader is still able to admit to and learn from faults or mistakes.

What is Bill Gates’ leadership style?

Bill Gates was great at setting direction for the company. He had a vision of the world and successfully moved Microsoft in that direction. That vision was “a computer on every desk and in every home”. Gates started the first major software company at a time when personal computing hardly existed – a radical change that has helped lead us into the Information Era. Gates believes, “it will affect the world seismically, rocking us in the same way the discovery of the scientific method, the invention of printing… did.”

This is the first mark of a transformational leader. He had a major commitment to a huge goal and backed it with his own values and beliefs. In his book, Business the Bill Gates Way, Des Dearlove writes, “Bill Gates is a modern business phenomenon: the greatest…...

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