3/4/14: By and About Leaders

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn’t studying “leadership” at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in a real situation.

That’s why, every week, I bring you a selection of post about individual leaders. This week I’m pointing you to posts by and about Dan Vasella, Scott Bade, Kim Reed Perell, John Lechleiter, and Scott Saxberg

From Chief Executive: Fixing What Ails CEOs

“The career of former Novartis CEO Dan Vasella began in medicine, expanding first to business and, more recently, to coaching and advising CEOs. CEOs’ greatest gift, he argues, should be teaching those on their way up.”

From the Detroit Free Press: Tech company president touts Type B personality

“Sitting in conference room, ImageSoft President Scott Bade speaks in a measured, even tone. He is self-effacing and self-deprecating.”

From the NY Times: Kim Reed Perell of Adconion Direct, on Thinking Big and Working Backward

“This interview with Kim Reed Perell, chief executive of Adconion Direct, a provider of digital advertising, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.”

From the Indianapolis Star: 5 questions with Eli Lilly’s John Lechleiter

“John Lechleiter joined Eli Lilly and Co. 34 years ago as a senior organic chemist. In 2005, he was named president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant.”

From The Globe and Mail: Scott Saxberg: An oil man who sells hockey in the desert

“Scott Saxberg has come full circle. Starting as a teenager in the 1980s, Mr. Saxberg worked for several seasons with the Winnipeg Jets – the old Jets – the NHL team of Hawerchuk, Steen and Babych, the team that broke a city’s heart when it was packed up and shipped off to the Arizona desert in 1996. Last year, he joined a Calgary-based group of oil barons that assembled a bid for the money-losing club that those Jets became, the Phoenix Coyotes. He is now part owner of the franchise, which aims to grow a fan base in a cactus-dotted region that has been slow to embrace the sport.”

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