Bill Gates is a household name because he was part of the founding team of what has become one of the most successful companies in the world. He is often listed as one of the richest people in the United States and has won numerous awards not only for technology innovation, but for his work in public service. In order to achieve these things, Gates needed to be a great leader! Here are 6 ideas that are inspired by his leadership traits.
#1. Always Grow
Once you have great success, it can become easy to sit back in a lavish mansion and enjoy the comfortable life. What Gates knew was that his success wasn’t just about him. It was about his team, the public who supported him, and the world at large. By always continuing to grow and learn, he can further develop his leadership skills simply to be a better leader tomorrow than he was today.
#2. Have a Vision
The vision of Bill Gates was to have a single product, a graphical interface that made home computing easier. That vision eventually led to the creation of the first Microsoft software products. From start to finish, Gates kept to his vision by hiring people who had bought into it. This continues today with his public service work. With great vision that is consistent, people want to follow.
#3. Genuinely Care
Gates has promised to give most of his wealth away to charitable causes or philanthropic efforts over the course of his life. By caring about people, your energy and talents are used for a greater good than just individual goal success. It becomes possible to change the world, one person at a time, simply by caring for people as you’d want them to care for you.
#4. Find the Unfair Advantage
Every leader has an unfair advantage of which they can take advantage of right now. The only problem is that they are either unaware of this advantage or feel a moral obligation not to exploit it. What is that advantage? It is your experience, natural talents, and family background. When there is a goal that needs to be accomplished, you could go out and recruit people and purchase things to get the job done… or you could take advantage of the team talents that are sitting right there before you.
#5. Add to the Vision
Having a vision is needed. Adding to the vision is also needed. As you bring new people into your team, don’t be afraid to alter what the end result needs to be because of the talents and gifts that everyone has. Don’t ever be satisfied with something that is just “good enough.” Seek to truly create change and if your vision won’t do that, then change it.
#6. Take Feedback Seriously
Feedback is often described as “constructive criticism” and that’s probably a mistake. Feedback is essential to the growth process and what teams need to do is what Gates learned to do: actively listen to it. Be open to it. Use it as information that will help you and your team develop into something greater than you are today.