Executive Summary This paper is on leadership. It intends to learn from the leadership styles of Bill Gates and Michael Dell – the founders and leaders of Microsoft Corporation and Dell, Inc. , the two top ICT companies in the world. Concise information on who these leaders are and on their companies is provided. Succinct discussion on their leadership styles is then made. Finally, common threads of ideas on leadership from the two great leaders in the computing industry are brought to the fore. Gates and Dell have borne witness to an aspect of leadership that is relative to bringing about and managing or sustaining change.
Leaders – they also have shown – are capable to foreseeing what is to come. Likewise, they are confident of themselves but are never limited to attending only to their personal interest. IntroductionThis paper is about leadership styles by two renown CEO’s of the two most respected ICT companies in the world. William H. Gates of the Microsoft Corporation and Michael S. Dell of Dell, Inc. are phenomenal in themselves. They are computer geniuses, managers par excellence, and leaders in their own right.
As they provide the world with breakthroughs in the industry of computing and manage “hands-on” their global companies, they exude the confidence and manifest the resilience that leaders possess. For sure, they have a lot to offer to the present as well as the up-and-coming generation on the subject matter of leadership. The task of this paper is to analyze the management and leadership styles of Gates and Dell. It is going to detail the strong points and weak points of each leadership’s ways of exercising their leadership role particularly over their respective companies.
To accomplish this end, these two leaders as well as their companies will be briefly introduced. Then, their overriding leadership styles will be discussed and their impact on today’s business practice would be ascertained. A critical analysis of their styles by way of juxtaposing their respective approaches to leadership will be made. Finally, this process ends by bringing to the fore significant common threads of ideas on leading and leadership that may be culled from Gates and Dell. Bill Gates: the leaderWilliam “Bill” H.
Gates is the chairman of the Microsoft Corporation. A global leader in software services, Microsoft employs more than 90,000 people (Microsoft, 2010) in 105 countries and regions (Microsoft News Center, 2010). Best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software, Gates’ company has also ventured into hardware with consumer products such as the Zune and the Xbox. It has also made a presence on the Web with the MSN Internet portal and the Bing Search Engine (Microsoft, 2010). Born in 1955, Gates and his two sisters were raised by their lawyer father and educator mother.
He discovered his interest in software as he was in primary school, and started to program computers at age 13. In 1973, while studying at Harvard University, he developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer – the MITS Altair. He eventually dropped out from the school to devote his energies to Microsoft – the company he had begun, along with his childhood friend, in 1975. He rightly anticipated that the computer would be valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home.
With this belief and his vision for personal computing, Gates was instrumental in the bringing Microsoft to an unprecedented success and in revolutionizing the software industry. Since 2008, he has transitioned out of his day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Microsoft News Center, 2010; Dearlove, 2010).