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Copy of Bill Gates Leadership Presentation
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Born: October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington
William Henry Gates III
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
Creation of Microsoft
Leadership in Microsoft
- Transactional/ Transformational
Positives of Leadership Style
Steve Jobs VS. Bill Gates
Types of Power Possessed by Bill Gates
Conflict in Microsoft
Online Software Vs. Windows
Two groups of managers and programmers
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
July 22,1975 Rights to BASIC for the ALTAIR
"We set the standard"
Work hard, make better products, and win
Harvard Commencement Speech - 2007
-Netscape and Java
Overview of Personal Attributes
Low need for affiliation
Low consideration for others
High need for achievement
High technical skills
What would You Do?
What did Gates Do?
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
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
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
No involvement of subordinate
in decision making
"Black shirt, blue jeans and
new balance shoes"
"Shirt, formal pants and
Professional team management
Entrepreneurs and great leaders
Innovative and creative thinking
High technical and conceptual skills
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
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
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"
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.
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
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
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
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 -
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
Severely hurt Netscape's market share
Not a High-High Leader
Buffett and Gates
2,000 employees were reassigned
High Need for Power
Not displaying Ethical Leadership
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
Taxonomy of Skills
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