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Bill Gates Essay

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Bill Gates
There are very few individuals who have the ability to change the culture of the world by using their mind. It takes incredibly strong courage and belief in yourself to be able to have such a lasting impact. One individual who was able to do so was a man named, Bill Gates. We all most likely know the name behind one of the most infamous and influential products on the market, Microsoft. It is guaranteed that we take these products and services of Microsoft for granted. Most people use Microsoft office, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, on a regular basis but the story behind Microsoft doesn’t just begin with a “shazam” and then there was Microsoft. There were many ups ...view middle of the document...

Gates’ best friend Paul Allen, and future cofounder of Microsoft, found a job working with software out on the east coast. Gates found himself spending more time in the university’s computer lab than he did in class. By his junior year he decided to drop out of school to pursue his dream of creating and running his own company. Gates and Allen went on build Microsoft in 1976. In 1980, Microsoft hit a landmark deal with IBM to produce an operating system for its up and coming personal computer. Later, Microsoft launched its Windows 95 which is said to be one of the biggest accomplishments in Gates’ career. “It powers business servers, mobile phones, PDAs, cash machines, retail displays, set-top boxes and old Sega Dreamcast consoles. Windows is everywhere. Windows 95 was arguably the game-changer” (Evans 2). When Microsoft really took off Gates sold much of his ownership in 1999. In 1999, Gates became the richest man in the world with a net worth of over $101 billion.
There are a countless number of traits that Gates’ possess which drove him to where he is at today. Gates is one of the most innovated people to ever life. He showed confidence and courage throughout the journey. Gates was focused and aggressive which pushed the company. Gates used a behavioral and confrontational style management.
Possibly Gates’ greatest leadership trait was his ability to be innovative. The best way to describe this type of leadership is by your ability to see a need before people realize they have that need. There are very few people that can project their ideas on to the world where there isn’t a current need. While in today’s world, Steve Jobs was the innovator of the cell phone, Gates was the first to innovate the computer. When Gates was headed to college, most people didn’t believe that computers had much of a future in our society. He could see the use and power of computers, and he wanted to be able to generalize computers so that everyone could use them. Gates inspired the era of the in-home computer and he commercialized the operating system. Many of us college students do not realize that at one point in time there weren’t computers in homes. Due to Gates innovative thinking he was able to create operating systems that made our computers at home practical and efficient.
Another great trait Gates possessed was his ability to be and stay confident. Gates dropped out of Harvard with only a year left. Bill’s parents were both lawyers who had the dream that he would go to law school and follow in their footsteps. Gates fought through the discouragement of his parents because of the confidence he had in himself. Later in his career, Gates announced to the public that they would have a new software ready in the next year or so. The Microsoft team had not even started working on such a product. It was Gates’ confidence that he had in himself and his team that they would be able to produce such a system. With this confidence...

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