An Assessment of the Strategic Leadership of Bill Gates

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An Assessment of the Strategic Leadership of Bill Gates, Introduction Bill Gates' approach to planning, implementing and managing strategic-level initiatives throughout Microsoft Corporation and the long-term effects of his leadership strategies on the culture of the company is the subject of this analysis. Using the model on effective strategic leadership found in the text (Hitt, Ireland, Hoskisson, 2013) each of its dimensions are also used for assessing Bill gate's leadership style and effectiveness. As the model shows that the factors of effectively managing the firm's resource portfolios, sustaining an effective organizational culture and emphasizing ethical practices form the foundation of effective strategic leadership, these three foundational elements form the basis of the analysis. Determining strategic direction and establishing balanced organizational controls are also essential for guiding organizations to above-average performance and profitability (Hitt, Ireland, Hoskisson, 2013). Based on this framework and the insights gained, an assessment is also made of Microsoft's ability to sustain an effective, productive organizational culture. Inclusive in this analysis is also an assessment of Bill Gates' strategic leadership style, with two suggestions of how Gates and his predecessors at Microsoft could create higher levels of strategic entrepreneurship throughout the company. This analysis concludes with the identification and discussion of two strategic
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