5/13/14: 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 Jack Ma, Sarah Fisher, John Mulligan, Elon Musk, and Tom Murry.

From Neil Gough and Alexandra Stevenson: The Unlikely Ascent of Jack Ma, Alibaba’s Founder

“Jack Ma began his career as an English teacher. Today, two of his websites account for more than half of the packages shipped through China’s postal system.”

From Jill Phillips: Sarah Fisher has firm grip on racing, family

“This year marks Fisher’s seventh IndyCar series as a team owner. She and her husband, Andy O’Gara, launched Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2008. The Hartman part comes from investor Wink Hartman, a believer in Fisher’s abilities as a team owner and leader.”

From Jennifer Bjorhus: Target’s temporary leader rose through finance ranks

“John Mulligan, who became Target’s interim leader last week, has taken an increasingly visible role at the embattled company.”

From David R. Baker: The sky’s the limit for visionary CEO of Tesla

“The image of Musk retreating from Netscape seems hard to reconcile with a self-made billionaire who now speaks about colonizing Mars. But success, especially repeated success, has a way of silencing doubt, even among those around you.”

From Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop: At Career’s End, Calvin Klein’s Chief Executive Prepares for Transitions

“Tom Murry will be retiring as chief executive of Calvin Klein Inc. on June 30 after 17 years with the company — nine as president and chief operating officer and six as chief executive. He will remain in an advisory role as chairman through January.”

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