A leadership biography on Larry Page (former CEO at Google Inc) (M10BSS)


A leadership biography on Larry Page (former CEO at Google Inc) (M10BSS)

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Larry Page

Born in 1973, Larry page is one of the young and most powerful entrepreneurs in the world. His preparation to be a success story in the world of computing began in his early ages where he was raised by parents who were computer experts. He thus developed basic skills and a passion for computing – a path that led him to pursue a degree in computer science and later a master’s program in computer engineering (McPherson, 2011). While working on the master level academic project, Larry and his friend Brin got the idea of starting Google Inc, and in that year – 1998 – they began what would be the world’s largest search engine. Larry undertook most of the activities while continuously delegating short-term and routine activities (Meyer et al., 2015).

Starting from a local context to being a global corporation, the leadership responsibilities at Google have changed over time. Chuang (2013) posits various aspects of a leadership change during transition from the local towards an international context. Such include human resource practices, vision, mission and values, workforce integration et cetera. As such, Larry page, being an international leader has been the bearer of the responsibility of shaping Google Inc for the future.

Prominent among the leading powers that Larry possesses are legitimate power – based on his status as the CEO and reward power – based on the ability to reward (Daft, 2014). A demonstration of this is elaborated in an interview done on him where he outlines the use of power to change the mainstream connotation of a workplace. Evidence to achieving a unique workplace is the ranking of Google Inc as the best place to work in 2014 by fortune magazine (Fortune, 2014). Further, he has not only achieved excellence in financial rewards, the average pay is $100,000 a year, but also rewarded employees with opportunities via the “grow” program (Sanford, 2014).


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