Bill Gates as a Leader1. The Final Paper should be a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 10 pages (double-spaced), References page in correct APA format.
2. The Final Paper should be suitable for submission at an academic conference, and consist of a deeper exploration 2 +themes and concepts addressed in the course in the 6 sessions of the course and 11 chapters of the assigned textbook and StrengthsFinder 2.0.
3. The paper should extend and/or integrate the literature, and should provide examples that emphasize the linkage between theory and practice. For example, leadership traits and ethics, leadership competencies and application of StengthsFinder 2.0 criteria; translation into a European context and application.
4. One final section to include what elements of leadership you will apply in your professional environment.
5. Paper must approach leadership: described, skills, managerial roles, analysis of leadership theory, theory paradigm, personality traits and leadership trait universality, the big five traits, the personality profile (achievement motivation theory and leader motive profile theory), leadership attitudes (theory X and theory Y), The pygmalion effect, self-concept, how attitudes develop leadership style, ethical leadership, leadership behavior and motivation (leadership styles and the university of Iowa Research), University of Michigan and Ohio (initiating structures and consideration, differences, contribution and application), the leadership grid, leadership and major motivation theories, content motivation theories, process motivation theories, reinforcement theory, all contingency leadership theories, influencing: power, politics, networking, and negotiation, communication, coaching and conflict skills and leader-member exchange and followership.
The 21st business environment is characterized by competitive markets and dynamic consumer behaviors as well as more intricacies and connections in trade and commerce than ever before. Engaging in business activities requires the creation of a competitive advantage and strategic planning to ensure profitability and sustainability (Kilbort, 2004). Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs have to have a broader knowledge and skills set in the particular areas of interest to facilitate adaptation to changes and grow in the complex business ecosystem. Resultantly, the business environment requires different approaches and mindsets that has been shaped and represented by the forerunner leaders in business like Bill Gates (Avolio, Walumbwa, & Weber, 2009). Gates is an example of corporate and entrepreneurial success who started off in the less competitive period of the 20th century, and continued to engage successfully in the hypercompetitive period of the 21st century. Many scholars across different industries show that leadership is an important aspect of organizational and societal functioning. Also, various theories have been developed to offer insights on how leadership emerges and how it is executed. From this perspective, there are many definitions of what is leadership, as there are leadership theories. An accumulating body of reviews highlight that there is a significant difference between leadership and management, although there some aspects that link the two terms in practice (Kilbort, 2004; Turcotte, 1983). There is consensus among scholars that leadership is a dynamic relationship that is driven by a mutual influence and collective objective that exists between the leaders and their followers. In this context, both parties have high levels of motivation and moral obligation to engage in real and intended change within an organizational setting (Zhang & Bartol, 2010). The intent of this paper is to draw insights on leadership by focusing on Bill Gates as a leader.
William Henry Bill Gates III is an American entrepreneur, businessman and technology developer born on October 28, 1955. He was born in a family living in Seattle, Washington USA. Gates and his childhood friend Paul Allen founded and developed the largest software business in the world known as Microsoft (Wright, 2009). The success of the company was centered on technological innovation, effective business strategies, and aggressive business engagements that were fostered by Gates…