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Steve Ballmer's Leadership Style

What leadership style(s) are evident in Steve Ballmer's leadership of Microsoft?

OTA, please be sure to refer to the leadership theories that you think may apply to this question. Differentiate leadership from management, and describe how those theories are reflected in Ballmer's behavior. Support your argument with any news sources that you may find on the Internet.

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Thank you for posting today. It is my goal to provide ideas, definitions, research help, and instructions on how you, the student, should approach the assignment.

Fortunately, when it comes to Ballmer, he's one of those people that has an awful lot of information out there on him. I found the following question and answer posed to him, and I think you'll find his response helpful:

"MICHAEL PARK: Paul Connolly has a question about just your personal leadership style. How do you lead, motivate, and measure the effectiveness of those who report to you?

STEVE BALLMER: I don't know that I'll be able to give pithy wisdom in a minute-and-a-half from the stage. I think we all deal with that. I think at the end of the day, most people respect a few things in a manager. Number one, they want appropriate independence. Number two, though, they want an appropriate challenge. They have to be held accountable. They want a lot of honesty. And I actually think most people, while they don't want to be micromanaged, appreciate a boss who actually understands what they're doing, and is available for brainstorming and sort of the creative process. Certainly as a manager, those would be the things I focus in on with my directs. Now, by the time you get to the 80,000th Microsoft employee, the same techniques don't work. If I was to put this in a CRM sense, I think you sell to your directs, and your directs to directs, and you market to your 85,000th employee. So it's a different technique for different kinds of employees, and how you reach them and relate to them."
(http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/2008/03-12Convergence.mspx)

Informative, yes, but he didn't really place himself into a "leadership theory" ...

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