By and About Leaders: 10/13/15

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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 pieces by and about Chris Metz, Joseph Jimenez, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Deborah Lee James, and Elizabeth Holmes.

From Dee DePass: Former Black and Decker exec Chris Metz throws Arctic Cat turnaround plan into high gear

“New Arctic Cat CEO Chris Metz is working to raise the company’s profile with product launches, new ads and more visibility in the industry.”

From Lillian Cunningham: Novartis CEO talks about drug costs, paying doctors and ‘doing the right thing’

“As stories of jacked-up drug costs make news, and discussions of health-care reform pepper the campaign trail, Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez sat down with The Washington Post to talk about how he views his responsibility as leader of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.”

From Adam Bryant: Alexandra Wilkis Wilson on the Art of Recovering From a Wrong Note

“I was really passionate about the piano. It was a big part of my life. I went to the Manhattan School of Music every weekend, and I played competitively until about the 10th grade. I learned a lot of lessons about handling mistakes. People make mistakes every day in life, and I learned at a very young age, under pressure and in a completely silent room filled with people, how to rebound if you hit a wrong note, how to keep your composure, how to not get distracted and how to finish the piece and take a bow.”

From Lillian Cunningham: Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on women, drones and budget uncertainty

“October 1 marks the deadline for leaders of the Armed Forces to submit their recommendations on whether to open their remaining units that are currently closed to women. A week before the deadline, we sat down with U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to discuss the recommendation her service was planning to make, as well as additional workforce questions and challenges facing the Air Force today—including dealing with budget uncertainty, fielding intense staffing demands for drone pilots and retaining women at the mid-career level.”

From Sarah Hedgecock: Elizabeth Holmes On Using Business To Change The World

“‘What’s the thing you love, and that you’re so incredibly passionate about that if you got fired you’d still want to do it?’ Elizabeth Holmes asked a room of 1,500 people on Monday. She was speaking at this year’s Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, accepting the Under 30 Doers Award for her work trying to make expensive lab tests — and, possibly more importantly, test results — accessible to everyone.”


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