Optimism is an essential ingredient of leadership. Just ask Bill Gates. If you haven’t read Factfulness, don’t bother applying to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “It’s pretty fundamental” that aspiring leaders read the book, according to Gates.
Factfulness—by Gates’s late friend and statistician Hans Rosling—covers ten reasons why the world is much better than people think. “It’s better to be born today than ever, and it will be better to be born twenty years from now than today,” Gates says. “It does bother me that most people aren’t optimistic.”