Continuing with GE…..
Looking at the style of leadership that Jack Welsh followed, it seems like it is a transformational style of leadership. As defined above, transformational style of leadership is the one that not only focuses on themselves but also on others. Jack had this energy in him that used to uplift people around him, filled them with enthusiasm and passion. He had the ability to inspire and make people follow him. He had a great vision and always used to increase the horizon to greater heights and also achieved them.
Switching gears to IT, let’s talk about Microsoft….
Bill Gates, the founder of the company, Microsoft, is considered to be one of the greatest influential leaders of the world. He had a vision and worked towards it. Bill Gates was fascinated with computers at a very young age of 14. His fascination and enthusiasm led to building an empire in the computer field. When he was working on the computers, he saw the huge potential that computers had both in commercial and home based environments and thus purchased the rights of writing in MS – DOS and at a very young age of 23 years, he sold a DOS program of his to Seattle Computers for $25,000. He felt that many people will need to use MS- DOS and this will lead to purchase of the software that he owned. As expected, IBM purchased the rights for MS-DOS from Bill gates and renamed it as PC-DOS. Though his parents were completely against his idea of walking into the path that no one where it would lead to, he still carried on. He has a neurotic desire to excel in whatever he does.
Bill Gates was an authoritative person. He is quite known for having heated board meeting. In his initial ages, when people used to sell illegal copies of his software, he publicly wrote an open letter to all those who were using the illegal copies of MS – DOS. He always breeds an environment of constructive criticism which compels his fellow mates to use creativity for technical problems. Bill Gates gives autonomous power to his managers, by doing so, there is a feeling of my company amongst the managers and they will work in unison to achieve the targets set and use the resources considerably. This was the trust that Bill Gates had on his team members as he always hired the best of the best talent in the town and believed that they can be trusted. He is quite famous for his competitive nature and nurtures a healthy competitive environment in his organization.
Thus, it can be inferred that the kind of leadership that Bill Gates follows is a transformational style of leadership. He adapts himself based on the environment that he is working in, inspires and motivates his team through an environment of constructive criticism.
From the previous blogs, the most prevalent form of leadership in most of the organizations is the transformational leadership style. As defined by Burns (1978) and Bernard Bass (1994) that transformational leadership style is the one that works towards building and shaping the goals of the members thereby achieving a change in the organization. The approach of transformational leader is to instill energy and passion with the members that they work with. Rather than worrying about themselves they show interest in you, motivate you to achieve your goals and achievements.
In all of the examples that we have noticed, all of them had a vision. They worked for achieving a goal. This is what used to excite them every day and made them work harder to achieve their vision. They always thought of the future. All of the above leaders created trust amongst their followers. This helped them to sell a new vision to them and convince them to work for that vision. The final point that makes transformational leaders click in the real world of business is the ability to take charge and lead the team. They constantly instill a very high level of commitment from their followers to the envisioned vision. It seems like they believe that success comes every time there is a commitment towards the vision by the followers.