If you call yourself a leader or aspire to be one, the Microsoft co-founder has some plain advice for you.
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
In two words, Gates nailed a defining characteristic of true leaders: empower others.
Let’s now reframe his quote to match the surreal circumstances in which we find ourselves today. When you think of what great leaders may be doing to pivot and meet the demands of a stay-at-home economy, what comes to mind?
For starters, more of us are waking up to the stark reality that virtual collaboration is now the norm. And to Gates’ point, whatever you thought about leaders before the outbreak, one thing remains true for either office or remote settings: Great leaders set themselves apart by effectively influencing and empowering other human beings.