Bill Gates leader in computer software technology

Gates' is most known for the launch of Microsoft

Early Life

  • Veracious reader as a child
  • Attended Lakeside School, which is where Gates had his first experience with a computer
  • Wrote his first computer program allowing users to play tic-tac-toe against the computer
  • In 1970, 15-year-old Gates and his friend Paul Allen launched “Traf-O-Data”
Traf-O-Data 8008 computer
  • Attended Harvard Law School but dropped out to focus his time on developing software with Allen
  • In 1975, Gates and Allen formed a partnership they called "Micro-Soft" - a blend of "micro-computer" and "software”
  • In 1979, Microsoft grossed approximately $2.5 million

Microsoft

Mission: "To help people and businesses throughout the world reach their full potential"
  • Topped $78 billion in revenue in 2016
  • 28% profit margin (higher than Google and Apple)
  • Ranks among the highest most ethical companies according to the Ethisphere Institute
  • Pushes for corporate citizenship
  • Donates millions to non-profits
  • Invests in programs for economic development
  • Strong internal reporting process

Philanthropy

In 2008, Gates left his company Microsoft to focus on the efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Main focus is to help people in poverty, educate children & adults, and to reduce the risk of diseases
  • Sought to find cures to diseases working with different organizations
  • Reached main areas of Africa, China, Europe, the Middle East, and India
  • Gates has given more than $28 billion dollars to charitable causes

Ethics

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - "every life has equal value"
  • Knows to do the right thing
  • Followed upbringing to be courteous, kind, and hard-working
  • "Giving is better than receiving"
  • Christianity is not a major part of his life, but he follows principles which are aligned with biblical teaching
"Gates has committed his time, talent and resources to the cause of fighting inequality, eliminating diseases and increasing development standards in developing and underdeveloped nations" (Shah & Mulla, 2014)

Biblical Integration

  • Proverbs 22:9
  • James 1:27a
  • Proverbs 21:26
  • Matthew 25:34-40

Conclusion

  • We conclude Gates was an ethical leader
  • He believes all lives have equal value which is demonstrated through his actions
  • Gates is not perfect, because no one is (Romans 3:10), but he follows a strong moral compass

References

Associated Newspapers Ltd.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2017, February 2). Retrieved from http://www.gatesfoundation.org

Bill and Melinda Gates give 95% of wealth to charity. (2010). BBC. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-11565953

Biography.com editors. (2016, November 21). Bill Gates Biography. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/bill-gates-9307520#early-life

Chapman, M.W. (2014, March 18). Bill Gates: it makes sense to believe in God. CNS News, n.p. Retrieved from http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/bill-gates-it-makes-sense-believe-god

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Rosoff, M. (2011, March 16). Microsoft is more ethical than Google, Apple, or Facebook. Business Insider, n.p. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-is-more-ethical-than-google-apple-or-facebook-2011-3

Shah, Tanvi & Zubin R. Mulla. (2014). Leader motives, impression management, and charisma. Management and Labour Studies, 38(3), 155 – 184. Retrieved from 10.1177/0258042X13509736 Created with images by JeepersMedia - "Microsoft" • efes - "building cologne facade" • maheshone - "Windows 8.1

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