4/8/14: 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 Alessandro Carlucci, Bob McDonald, Domenico de Sole, Steven Kalczynski, and Daniel Ha.

From BCG Perspectives: Natura’s Alessandro Carlucci on Countering Complexity with Culture

“Chief executive Alessandro Carlucci joined Natura nearly a quarter century ago, when the Brazilian cosmetics company was small, entrepreneurial, and still run by its founders. Today, the company has nearly 7,000 employees, a direct sales force of 1.5 million beauty consultants, a strong presence throughout cosmetics-crazy Latin America, and annual sales approaching $3 billion.”

From Singapore Management University: Leading with character

“Procter & Gamble’s former CEO [Bob McDonald]speaks about taking responsibility and acting quickly to succeed.”

From Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop: The Importance of Treating People Fairly

“Domenico de Sole has been chairman of Tom Ford International since the fashion house was founded in April 2005. He previously was president and chief executive of Gucci Group.”

From Zlati Meyer: Townsend Hotel chief aims to please, exceed expectations

“Steven Kalczynski has spent most of his adult life in the upper echelons of the hospitality industry.”

From Heather Somerville: Disqus CEO Daniel Ha, on building online communities

“Daniel Ha has a fascination with Batman, so much so that a conference room at his company, Disqus, is decorated to honor the superhero character. It’s Batman’s tireless pursuit of justice that enraptures Ha. Since he was old enough to type on a keyboard, the 28-year-old entrepreneur has been on a crusade to help build online communities where freedom of expression is primary and everyone is invited to chime in.”

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