The Leadership of Bill Gates Analytical Essay

The Leadership of Bill Gates
An analysis of Bill Gates' leadership traits, styles and powers as founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation.
# 152530 | 2,108 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 12, 2013 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management)

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The paper discusses how Bill Gates is known for displaying the leadership traits of being intelligent, passionate, innovative, confident, and a continuous learner. The paper looks at Gates' type of leadership and relates that he is a task-oriented leader since he desires a high performance from his subordinates in achieving the goals and objectives of Microsoft. Furthermore, the paper discusses how he is a level four leader and not a level five leader because he is lacking humility, and also describes his autocratic and delegate leadership styles. Finally, the paper looks at how Gates uses several powers in his leadership, which include legitimate power, reward power, expert power, and referent power.

Leadership Traits
Leadership Type
Leadership Style
Leadership Power

From the Paper:

"William Henry Gates III is known as one of the world's top billionaires according to Forbes ( He is also known as the number one "Richest American" in Forbes 400. Gates' huge success was achieved from his leadership traits, styles, and powers as the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation, one of the leading providers for personal computers. In addition, his leadership as an entrepreneur and philanthropist has gained him respect in the business world.
"Gates was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to a family of entrepreneurs (Bellis, 2010). His father, William H. Gates II, was a Seattle attorney and his late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. The family spirit of entrepreneurship persuaded Bill Gates during his teenage years. When Bill Gates was 13 years old, he developed an interest in software and began programming computers. He partnered with his childhood friend, Paul Allen, and ran a small computer company called Traf-O-Data. Traf-O-Data was successful in selling a computer to the city of Seattle that could count traffic. This small business experience furthered Gates' passion for programming during his years at Harvard University where he wrote a version of the programming language BASIC for the MITS Altair microcomputer."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bellis, Mary (2010). Bill Gates - Biography and History. (2010). Retrieved from
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  • Bill Gates. (2010). Forbes 400 Richest Americans. Retrieved from
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