By and About Leaders: 10/14/14

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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 Christopher Bailey, Ginni Rometty, Peter Thiel, and A.G. Lafley plus advice for new CEOS from seven who’ve been there.

From Kyle Vanhemert: Burberry’s Creative CEO on Design in the Digital Age

“Christopher Bailey joined Burberry as design director in 2001. He quickly established himself as a creative force, helping spur the company’s booming resurgence in the decade that followed. When former CEO Angela Ahrendts decamped to Apple last year, her replacement was obvious, if somewhat unorthodox: Bailey, the designer, got the top job. Recently, Bailey sat down with WIRED editor in chief Scott Dadich to talk about his new role and how he hopes to push Burberry forward.”

From Joel Trammell: 7 CEOs Give Advice to First-Timers

“Rookie CEOs have less time than ever to show results, with little to no on-the-job training. Getting input from current and former CEOs is invaluable.”

From Julie Bort: IBM CEO Growth And Comfort Don’t Co-Exist

“If any tech company illustrates the word ‘transformation,’ it’s 103-year-old IBM. Now more than ever. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has no choice but to embrace it, she said on stage Tuesday at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California.”

From Lillian Cunningham: Peter Thiel on what works at work

“The tech entrepreneur talks about the ‘features and bugs’ of companies, society and his own personality.”

From Alexander Coolidge,: Lafley ready to remake P&G

“More than a year after his return as Procter & Gamble’s CEO, A.G. Lafley has bet his legacy on a bold plan to exit up to 100 brands to turn around the company.”

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