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Transformational Leadership: Inspire and Motivate Like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates

Environmental Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant

Transformational Leadership: Inspire and Motivate Like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates

Unless you have a rhetorical intention, it would be pointless to ask anyone today about familiarity with Amazon or Microsoft. These are two companies with reputations that precede them. While the nature and potentially the corporate culture of the two businesses defer, there is unmistakably strong leadership at the helm of each. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are the two minds responsible for this successful quality.

These are two men who have an intimate knowledge of what separates a leader from a boss. Attaining this requires both an understanding and proper execution of effective transformational leadership. When used correctly, this leadership style is a critical ingredient in achieving desired objectives, through the motivation of all involved in the process.

If you can become the embodiment of a transformational leader, then you can exponentially increase your chances of success. So, it’s time to zero in on each of these legendary gentlemen to learn the appropriate lessons.

Jeff Bezos

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ALESSANDRO DI MARCO/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (8875108b) Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon, during the conference ‘The Future of Newspapers’ with the leading world players in the information industry, on the occasion of the 150 years of Italian newspaper ‘La Stampa’ in Turin, Italy, 21 June 2017. ‘The Future of Newspapers’ Conference, Torino, Italy – 21 Jun 2017

Amazon is an enterprise, but it is also something more. It is a testament to vision, inspiration, and innovation. These three elements sit at the core of the Jeff Bezos leadership style. Bezos is a visionary, which is the reason that Warren Buffett recognises him as one of the most remarkable businesspersons alive.

Jeff is always willing to go as far as possible to test the fibers of his vision. For example, in a 2015 interview conducted by Fortune magazine, Bezos explained that experiments play a crucial role in innovation because they rarely meet expectations. He went on to point out that this creates an optimal platform for learning the unknown. Therefore, he made it a point of duty to reduce experimentation costs, so that more of them could become possible. To him, it’s a simple numbers game. More experiments result in more exceptional innovations.

Jeff is a prime example of a discovery-driven leader who sees the world as a platform for learning. By conveying this to his team members and empowering them with prerequisites such as access to knowledge bases, he elicited investment in his vision, and he inspired a craving for the kind of innovation he desired. This workflow created and continues to create a satisfied and enriched unit of persons who commit to realising visions by exploring the unknown.

Bill Gates

Like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates has demonstrated a knack for transformational leadership. Gates never compromised on creativity, and his emotions and interpersonal interaction style encouraged those around him to set and achieve similar measurable objectives.

Gates always knew that software was his strong suit, and he also had a broad vision for the future. Of course, without an invested team, the chances for a breakthrough were slim to none. Therefore, he had to establish the kind of culture that made his team want to achieve a top tier standing as much as he did.

Gates is a man who exudes a high level of passion for his craft, and you can tell that his team feeds on his energy and has the same kind of drive. This passion has remained stable throughout Microsoft’s existence, which is the reason That the company managed to become the titan that it is today.

For Gates, it is a simple process. If there is anything worth doing, do it in the best way possible. If one does not maximise on innate ability, then a failure has occurred. This premise sits at the core of the Bill Gates leadership style.

The Takeaways

So, what are you meant to understand from two of the most excellent displays of transformational leadership? The first and most fundamental is your focus. Though both men took different roads, each began with a vision. This vision must feed on something that plays well into your strengths, as it makes striving to become the best, more realistic.

Of course, planning for this vision is not done in a single step. It requires training, education, and experimentation. Those whom you lead must feel empowered and relevant to your process. To this end, you must realise that there is an individual behind each team member. The human resource is the most valuable, and the more human the team feels, the higher the output of the said resource.

Remember, throughout this whole process, that this shared vision is one that started with you. Regardless of any hurdles that occur on the road to achieving it, your energy and dedication can never waver, since the team continually has its eyes on you.

Relay your vision, make your presence consistent, take advantage of culture-shifting, encourage engagement, be mindful of individuals, and don’t shy away from the possibility of risk. These are all facets of transformational leadership, and they can help you to create motivated team members that work to the limits of their abilities towards the big picture.

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