Is Bill Gates A Good Leader

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What makes Bill Gates a successful leader?
20/03/2015 - Lody Versteegen (10617396)
University of Amsterdam – Master Business Administration – Leadership

Bill Gates
Transformational Leadership
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” (Bill Gates). Aspects that make someone a good leader that empowers others, is a subject of great interest for a lot of people. There are many stories about what distinguishes a great leader a lot of research has been conducted on leadership. Leaders like Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela and bill gates, inspired people all over the world. People are fascinated by the topic,
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Yukl (1998), defines leadership as “influence processes affecting the interpretation of events for followers, the choice of objectives for the group or organization, the organization of work activities to accomplish the objectives, the motivation of followers to achieve the objectives, the maintenance of cooperative relationships and teamwork, and the enlistment of support and cooperation from people outside the group or organization”. During the last decade, several developments in leadership studies took place. From the trait- and the leadership style approach of the 1940s, to the contingency approach of the 1960s. However, since the 1980s the ‘new leadership’ approach came into being. According to Bryman (1992), leaders need to be inspirational, based on values and with a clear vision. This also includes charisma and transformational leadership as important aspects of a leader. Bill gates is one of the most successful leaders of the last decade. People see him as a leader with a vision, someone that inspires people and a real transformational leader (BRON). This paper will take a closer look on his leadership style and the reason why this style was so…show more content…
The vision of Bill Gates in regard to PCs has been the center to the success of Microsoft in the software industry. This success has grown into a position in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people in 2014, with a net worth of more than 78 billion dollars. Large amounts of this money were donated to various charities and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that was established in 2000. And even though he is only working as a technology advisor at Microsoft since 2014, he is still one of the world’s well known and most powerful entrepreneurs of today’s society. (BRON –
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