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Bill Gates used to memorize the license plate of every Microsoft employee and ‘prowl the parking lot’ to keep tabs

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Microsoft ranked second on Forbes’ list of best employers in 2023, excelling in talent development, remote working options, parental leave benefits, diversity, and work-life balance.

However, the company’s early days were marked by micromanagement under co-founder Bill Gates, who kept close tabs on employees.

This leadership style, also seen in other famous entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, has faced criticism in recent years. (Trending: Clintons Scramble To Delete Embarrassing Photo, But Were Too Slow)

Co-founder Paul Allen previously said, “He was growing into the taskmaster who would prowl the parking lot on weekends to see who’d made it in.”

Buffett reportedly allows acquired businesses to “operate on their own, without our supervising and monitoring them to any degree.”

“Most managers use the independence we grant them magnificently, by maintaining an owner-oriented attitude,” he has explained.

Research has shown that micromanagement reduces morale and productivity, with a survey finding that 73 percent of workers consider it a major workplace issue.

On the other hand, Warren Buffett’s hands-off management style has been successful, suggesting that micromanagement may not be necessary for business leaders aiming for success.

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