4/29/14: 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 Mike Jackson, Hans Vestberg, Angus Davis, Mark Cutifani, and S.D. Shibulal.

From Nick Madigan: Q&A with AutoNation’s Mike Jackson: Sharing his views on the state of the auto industry

“As the chairman and CEO of AutoNation, the largest retailer of vehicles in the United States, Jackson oversees a vast sales system that operates 269 new-vehicle franchises from 228 stores in 15 states, with revenues that reached about $18 billion last year.”

From Troy Wolverton: Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg on next-generation communications

“When it comes to shaping modern communications, Ericsson may be one of the most important companies you’ve never heard of.”

From Adam Bryant: Angus Davis of Swipely, on Working Around Flaws

“Mr. Davis, the chief executive of Swipely, which sells software, says his flaws are ‘part of who I am, and it’s part of how we get things done.'”

From Eric Reguly: At helm of Anglo American, consummate miner digs deep for saving

“Mark Cutifani and I meet in the strangest places. My first encounter with the CEO of Anglo American, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, came last September at a Vatican mining conference in Rome.”

From Adam Bryant: S.D. Shibulal of Infosys: Write It Down and Follow Through

“The chief executive of the technology consulting firm says he learned from a previous boss the value of putting onto paper the tasks at hand — and making sure they were completed.”

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