2. EARLY LIFEEARLY LIFE
• Born on October 28, 1955
in Seattle, Washington,
Bill Gates had a normal
schooling at the Lakeside
He entered Harvard
University but dropped out
in 1975 for the sake of
building up the Software
3. LOVE FOR COMPUTERLOVE FOR COMPUTER
• Wrote his first computer
program for playing tic
tac toe at the age of 13.
• Developed a version of
language for the MITS
• Launched Microsoft with
his childhood friend Paul
4. BEGINNING OFBEGINNING OF
• Founded April 4 1975 by
Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
• They developed a
language for the Altair
8800, called Altair BASIC.
• This code was distributed
with the Altair 8800
system, making it
Microsoft's first distributed
code in companies such
as Commodore, Texas
5. IBM PARTNERSHIPIBM PARTNERSHIP
• IBM approached Microsoft in July 1980
regarding its upcoming personal computer.
• Gates referred them to Digital
Research (DRI) for the OS needed by IBM.
• IBM's discussions with Digital Research went
poorly, and they did not reach a licensing
• A few weeks later Gates proposed using 86-
DOS (QDOS), an operating system similar to
CP/M that Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer
Products (SCP) had made for hardware
similar to the PC.
6. • Microsoft made a deal with SCP to become
the exclusive licensing agent, and later the
full owner, of 86-DOS. After adapting the
operating system for the PC, Microsoft
delivered it to IBM as PC DOS in exchange
for a one-time fee of $50,000.
13. • GREAT CONVINCER
Gates explained his perspective at the
Internet World Conference. He
convinced, ‘The internet phenomenon is
unbelievable. It’s the most fascinating
thing to happen in the world of
14. • INTELLIGENT & AGGRESSIVE
Microsoft bundled the Explorer browser
with its Windows operating system. This
was an aggressive move by Gates to
counter the business benefit of becoming
a market leader.
15. • INNOVATOR
Microsoft adapted to the existing products and
developed new products centered on the Internet.
It deployed productivity software as well as
18. • $29 billion endowment, gives more than $1
billion to improve global health & learning.
• Funds for minority college students, AIDS, Polio
and other diseases.
• Global Polio Eradication pledge $720 million
• Pledge by Warren Buffer & Mark Zukerberg to
give half of their wealth towards charity.
19. Bill Gates’ Secrets to Success -Bill Gates’ Secrets to Success -
Work towards your passion – “Be nice to nerds. Chances are
you'll end up working for one.”
Have a Great Vision - “Every business and household must have
a computer and must run Microsoft software”
Have a Strong Team - “At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant
ideas but the image is that they all come from the top - I’m afraid
that’s not quite right.”
Take a Long-Term Approach –“The Internet is becoming the
town square for the global village of tomorrow.”
20. Failures are learning lessons - “Your most unhappy
customers are your greatest source of learning.”
Don’t rest on your laurels – “Intellectual property has
the shelf life of a banana.”
Never Stop Asking Questions
21. SOURCES & TYPES OF POWERSOURCES & TYPES OF POWER
POSSESSED BY BILL GATESPOSSESSED BY BILL GATES
Formal Powers– “Powers based on individual’s position…
usually comes from formal authority”
Personal Powers – “A Power possessed even without having
a formal power”….
22. FORMAL POWER:FORMAL POWER:
• Legitimate Power – formal authority to control &
use organizational resources…..
• Reward Power – use of financial / non-financial
rewards to produce positive results….
• Coercive Power – Use of authority to create fear. Bill
Gates power can be felt beyond Microsoft …..
23. PERSONAL POWERSPERSONAL POWERS
• Expert Power – Influence wielded on others
due to expertise, Knowledge or special skills.
• Referent Power – Referent power develops
out of admiration & a desire to be like that
person……… Bill gates has a “larger than life” like
image in the IT industry & beyond...
24. Bill gates style as Fiedler ModelBill gates style as Fiedler Model
Low LPC Score – means high task oriented approach…Bill Gates appears
to be interested in Results / Productivity…
• Basic Leadership Style: Low LPC
• Leader Member Relationship – Good
• Task Structure – High
• Position Power - Strong
25. Low Concern for Results High
LEADERSHIP GRID -LEADERSHIP GRID -
9 1,9 9,9
1 1,1 9,1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
26. Leadership styleLeadership style
• Autocratic style –Autocratic style – command & control, Obsession
• Delegate styleDelegate style –– Hire brightest talents, more
autonomy to managers.