Curiosity, passion and commitment are some of the characteristics that define Bill Gates. Versatility is also another distinctive aspect: he went from creating a company to participating in various philanthropic initiatives, projects to improve health access in various parts of the world and recently published a book on how to combat climate change.
Now: how do you have you been successful in so many different ways? Gates has shared, through texts and talks, several teachings that he has learned throughout his life. One of the keys to achieving so many goals is doing. Ideas or dreams can function as inspiration but then you have to get down to work. Here are some key characteristics to learn to carry out the plans and not only remain in the world of ideas .
1. Empower those who lead
Good leaders seek to empower their employees. This implies trusting and having empathy with those you lead. Although this has been repeated incessantly in recent times, management models based on fear still persist and in which employees are given little space to make decisions and grow.
Bill Gates believes that these modalities will not persist. " As we look to the next century, the leaders will be those who empower others, " said the businessman .
2. Know how to delegate
The leader cannot pretend to do everything himself for a simple reason: there is no time available to be at all sites at once . And even if hypothetically that were possible, it would not be a good idea either because the truth is that not all of us know how to do everything in the best way possible.
It is important that the leader knows their strengths and weaknesses and, taking this into account, decide which tasks to delegate. Gates was passionate about programming and did it very well but as Microsoft grew it was necessary for him to let others do those kinds of tasks because he simply needed to focus on other activities such as running a business.
He clearly had great ability as computer developer but the company began to move forward and with this more responsibilities were added, which led him to perform management tasks that were much more important for the advancement of the company.
curiosity In 2019, the Microsoft's creator spoke with students, parents and alumni of his high school in Seattle. When asked what skills students needed to develop to thrive in 2030 and 2040, Gates highlighted the importance of curiosity as a driver for acquiring knowledge
The desire to know will be a key tool to develop in a world that lives in constant change . Gates is a curious mind and there are plenty of examples to account for it. His need to know more and more drives him to read up to 50 books per year, as well as to undertake different projects such as the initiatives he leads to improve access to drinking water and his interest in combating climate change .
4. Focus on what important
“ No matter how much money you have, you cannot win more time. There are only 24 hours in everyone's day, "wrote Bill Gates in a post on his LinkedIn account where he discusses three great lessons he learned from Warren Buffett. In this sense, it highlights the importance of setting priorities
You cannot do everything simply because time is limited. It is necessary to learn to choose and determine how much time will be assigned to each task and for this it is essential to know how to identify priorities . This is true for all areas of life, not only for work, but also personal, social and family. Learning to find a balance between all these aspects is key
– Bill Gates said that rich countries should only eat synthetic meat