Bill Gates’ Facilitative Empowerment
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft is a household name, renowned for his participative style of leadership and empowering subordinates. The fact that Microsoft and the flagship brand Windows still holds its own amidst serious competition stands as testament to Gates' leadership skills.
Gates believed in the power of innovation, and empowered his subordinates to innovate in products, process, markets, or any other area. He positioned the company as a platform for people to build on their strengths.
Early on, understanding the power of empowerment, Gates established an effective system that placed the right information at the right hands, allowing people to understand what was going on, and make plans accordingly. He also created a digital landscape that connected people, process, and technology, making sharing ideas and work seamless and easy. These innovations allowed the company to respond to the changing markets effectively.
Gates sums up the basis of his leadership style in his own words: “In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone."