Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, certainly makes the list of most admired leaders right now.
Under his leadership, Microsoft has gone beyond Bill Gates’ wildest expectations. The firm that launched the PC software industry surpassed $1 Trillion in market cap this year, making it one of the world’s most valuable companies.
He’s led the company through a resurgence that has taken it from near obsolescence to a cloud juggernaut.
As a Bloomberg profile puts it…
Under Nadella, it cut funding to Windows and built an enormous cloud computing business — with about $34 billion in revenue over the past year — putting it ahead of Google and making progress in key areas against the dominant player, Amazon Web Services. “I don’t know of any other software company in the history of technology that fell onto hard times and has recovered so well,” says Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix Inc.
What’s admirable about Satya is not just what he has achieved, but the fact that he refuses to let his employees celebrate an arbitrary milestone like a market cap.
Another reason is how much he embodies the CEO role and understands its multifaceted nature.
“One of the things I’ve recognized is the CEO’s job is to figure out how to harmonize the multiple constituents who are all important… It’s not about just investors; it is not about customers, employees, partners, uh, it’s governments. It’s about all of them.”
This remark reminds me of one of the things I have noticed about being CEO.
John Belizaire is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. He is also the founder and managing editor of CEOPLAYBOOK — an online publication dedicated to exploring what it means to be a startup CEO. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter. Subscribe to his popular newsletter — Mental Candy — read by over 500 CEOs.