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Bill Gates, Philanthropic Leader

Bill Gates by Thomas Hawk Dale Dougherty wrote an interesting post on O’Reilly Radar titled Admiring Bill Gates. The centerpiece of the post is the recent interview that Gates did with Charlie Rose (Dec. 21, 2008) which is embedded below. The interview gives us an inside look at Gates life post Microsoft and in it he comes across as extremely thoughtful and authentic.

As to be expected, there are several comments to Dougherty’s post that present a different opinion of Gates and several others that rise to his defense. Personally, I feel that Dougherty hit the mark. Bill Gates was an extraordinary business leader that has grown into a remarkable philanthropic leader. The Gates Foundation’s work is leading the way for some of our most challenging social issues at a time that will require innovation and scale.

Dougherty’s post and Charlie Rose’s interview of Bill Gates show the human side of leadership. I encourage you to read and watch them.

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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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