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Running Header: Organizational Vision and Culture 5-2 Final Project Part II Milestone Two Organizational Vision and Culture Professor Mike Hull September 15, 2019
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Organizational Vision and Culture 2 Introduction Bill Gates used many forms of power to drive Microsoft into the software giant that it is today. According to DuBrin, “Power can be derived from being in the right place at the right time and taking the appropriate action (DuBrin, 2016).” Bill Gates gained power from capitalizing on the opportunity to develop software for the micro c omputer in the 1970s. Bill Gates is the exact opposite of what one would expect from a leader. He dropped out of school, pursued a dream, and took risks based on his personal knowledge and creativity instead of what others had taught him. His leadership style is one that would be included in the descriptions of a transformational leader. “That is because he followed a strong vision, had passion for the work he was doing, and that emotion helped to energize the people who would start following him (futureofworking.com, 2018) .” Analysis of Bill Gates Personal, Political, and Positional Power in Relation to O rganizational Structure Culture Organizational power politics permeates all actions within an organization. Power is one person’s ability to exert change on another person’s way of life and actions. According to DuBrin, “Organizational power is derived from many sources, including position power (legitimate, reward, and coercive) and personal power (expert, reference, and prestige). Power also stems from ownership, dependencies, capitalizing on the opportunity, managing critical problems, and being close to power. People with a strong moral identity are less likely to use power for self-interest (DuBrin, 2016).” Bill Gates is a shining example of how he has used power in various ways and used various leadership styles to utilize such power.
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Organizational Vision and Culture 3 Bill Gates naturally possessed expert power which is also, “The ability to influence others through specialized knowledge, skills, or abilities (DuBrin, 2016).” His programming skills were something few others possessed at the time and with his partnership Allen, he developed cutting edge software by using this expert power. This according to biography.com, “Allowed them to
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