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Bill Gates Leadership Presentation

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Ray Kemmerling

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Bill Gates "His Leadership" Ray Kemmerling
Stephanie Jones
Janice Choi
Tim Walsh Background BMGT450 Presentation Born: October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington
William Henry Gates III
Nickname: Trey
William H Gates II
A prominant lawyer
Mary Maxwell Gates
Served on several boards including:
First Interstate Bank, Pacific Northwest Bell, and University of Washington Board of Regents Leadership Case Creation of Microsoft Leadership in Microsoft Leadership Style
- Delegation
- Transactional/ Transformational
- FLT Positives of Leadership Style Early Childhood Steve Jobs VS. Bill Gates Types of Power Possessed by Bill Gates Source cited Philanthropist Conflict in Microsoft Online Software Vs. Windows Two groups of managers and programmers Time 1997 Negatives of Leadership Style New treat to the market Parents transferred Gates from pubilc school to an all boys private school, Lakeside, in 1967
Considered a "Lifer"
Brightest kid at Lakeside
Used his first computer, a teletype machine
Met Paul Allen, Marc McDonald, Richard Weiland, and Chris Larson
Formed The Lakeside Programmers Group
TRW Summer 1975
July 22,1975 Rights to BASIC for the ALTAIR
Gates' Vision
"We set the standard"
Corprate culture
Work hard, make better products, and win Harvard Commencement Speech - 2007 -Netscape and Java Overview of Personal Attributes Competitive
Low need for affiliation
Low consideration for others
High need for achievement
High technical skills What would You Do? What did Gates Do? What Happened College Years Scored 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT
Took SAT twice
Attended Harvard University
Took both undergraduate and graduate classes
Thought to be obnoxious and have a bad personality
Not very outgoing
Steve Ballmer
Created BASIC for MITS What can We Learn? The pro-Internet "doves" Hard-Core Windows "hawks" Head by Senior VP Brad Silverberg Wanted Microsoft to become a platform of online computing. Stop making Windows Operating System Presentation "Java Is Our Destiny" -By Ben Slivka Led by Senior VP Jim Allchin From http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-stock-photography-question-mark-thinker-image9271642 Did not not want to leave creating Windows Wanted Internet Explorer to become part of Windows -In charge of Windows NT -In charge of Internet Explorer Let the two groups fight Grilled Ben Slivka in his Presentation Brad Silvermen took a leave of absence Internet Explorer was intergrated into Windows Antitrust Lawsuit Autocratic style
No involvement of subordinate
in decision making
"Black shirt, blue jeans and
new balance shoes"
Participative leadership
"Shirt, formal pants and
dress shoes"
Professional team management Entrepreneurs and great leaders
Charismatic leadership
Innovative and creative thinking
High technical and conceptual skills Delegation Transactional Flexible Leadership Theory Bill Gates & Warren Buffet:
"What defines a Business leader?" At first, was not a participative leader
Had high technical skills, and didn't feel comfortable giving others influence on decisions
Over time, allowed others to give input on decisions
Learned he could not do everything on his own
Only way he was able to delegate was because he ensured that Microsoft was hiring the most talented employees
Gates gives autonomy to his managers Tranformational Has always had more technical skills than interpersonal skills
When first created Microsoft he only knew how to look at behavior, such as rewarding good work and punishing poor work (transactional)
Became more of a transformational leader later on by trying to appeal to employee's emotions through tactics such as motivation and support
Still only has some aspects of a transformational leader Focuses on organizational effectiveness
"He likes it when anyone, even a junior employee, challenges, him, and you know he respects you when he starts shouting back" Steve Ballmer
The contentious atmosphere can promote flexibility.
Adapted over time and improved both his relations and change-oriented behaviors Charisma: Attribution Theory & Self-Concept Portrayed aspects of both attribution theory and self-concept
Attribution Theory:
Bill Gates was seen as a genius in the computer programming world
Influence followers through personal identification:
By observing Gates, the followers were amazed by his skill and expertise
Displayed leadership behaviors corresponding with theory
Followers expressed values and identity through task objectives in the same way Gates showed high technical skills and led by example Giving back to society
In 1994, "William H. Gates Foundation"
In 2000, "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation"
Focuses on:
Global issues in health:
malaria, cancer, AIDS
Global issues in development: agriculture...
U.S. issues: education, poverty...
Influences other billonaires: "Giving Pledge" campaign (2010)
- with Warren Buffet
- moral commitment, not a legal contract
- 9 billionaires in the US have joined this campaign
- pledged to give 50% or more of their wealth to charity
Leader of business -> Leader of people and world The deep core leadership team at Microsoft in 2006. Influence Tactis Social Power Personal Power Rational Persuasion
Clearly explained objectives
Defined the benefits and rewards of achieving goals
Gave evidence that the objectives could be met
Bill Gates very frequently used the pressure influencing tactics from fear of reprimands, probation, to suspension or dismissal Paid very close attention to detail which ensured that the company ran efficiently and effectively
Through rigorous hiring process, Gates was able to trust in employees when he delegated tasks
Gained loyalty and trust of employees because of his tremendous expertise, knowledge, and dedication
Competitive atmosphere allowed for the best outcome of problems Although he showed signs of a charasmatic and transformational leader he still lacked employee relations
Especially in the beginning, he was said to be much more concerned about the business than the employees
Sometimes his competitive nature impeded his decisions
His aggressive business philosophy had Microsoft in and out of court rooms almost from the beginning
legitimate power
reward power
coercive power expert power
referent power Social Power:
Used legitimate power when dealing with higher level managers
Microsoft is famous for giving enormous bonus and reward packages.
Gates had full control over evaluating employees and determining raises and rewards
Never made harsh threats, just made employees aware of the consequences for failing to achieve their goals
Personal Power:
Bill Gates has arguably the most knowledge and expertise in his given field
Gained through loyalty
People stay in Microsoft for longer periods of time than most other companies http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/08/us-wealth-gates-philanthropy-idUSTRE72668V20110308
Wall Street Journal “Breaking Windows” by David Bank
TIME, “In Search of the Real Bill Gates” by Walter Isaacson
FORBES, “How to be the next Bill Gates” by Hayes Davenport
NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/27/business/27friends.html?_r=2&ex=1309060800en%3D4545279fd69dd0faei%3D5088partner%3Drssnytemc%3Drss - The End -

Any Questions?
Thank you Bill Gates, Craig Mundie, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Could Gates have handled this better? high Conceptual Skills
low Interpersonal Skills
high Technical Skills Bill Did it All Salesman
Technical Leader
Cult figure On Trial Severely hurt Netscape's market share Not a High-High Leader Buffett and Gates 2,000 employees were reassigned 9,1 Authority-Compliance High Need for Power Not displaying Ethical Leadership C2 Leader Who has a high LMX relationship with Gates? Who has a Low LMX relationship with Gates? The two men were first introduced in 1991
- Bill Gate's mother persuaded him to attend a meeting with Buffett and Katharine Graham, then the publisher of The Washington Post.
Buffet influenced Bill Gates to the idea of philanthropy
- World Development Report by World Bank LMX Theory Taxonomy of Skills Leadership Displayed Others Need for Speed Source cited cont. How He Changed as a Leader Erickson, Jim and Wallace, James. Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire.
Cusumano, Michael and Selby, Richard. Microsoft Secrets: How the World's Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People. NY Times, "A $31 Billion Gift Between Friends" By Landon Thomas TIME, "Bill Gates: PC Genius, Internet Fool" By Josh Quittner TIME "Bill Gates Goes Back to School" By Darren McCollester
Textbook, "Leadership in Organization" by Gary Yukl TIME, “In Search of the Real Bill Gates” by Walter Isaacson
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