Q: Do you know all you need about your business to lead it to its full potential?
The Microsoft Corporation is big. Really big. Around the turn of the millennium, Microsoft's founder and CEO overtook the Sultan of Brunei as the wealthiest man in the world. His name is Bill Gates - you've probably heard of him.
Interestingly, Chairman Gates knows his stuff. In the midst of running one of the world's largest corporations, he found time to dig into his business.
Gates doesn't just know leadership, he knows the guts of the business, down to the computer code, the language used to write computer programs. Former Microsoft executives tell stories about sweaty-palmed meetings with him in which he dissected computer code as easily as he led the meeting.
Knowing the guts of your business is an integral aspect of leading. So is understanding those you lead at that same molecular level.