By and About Leaders: 10/21/14

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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 Courtney Holt, Sreekanth Ravi, David Pottruck, Bill McDermott, and Douglas Bergeron.

From Andrea Chang: How I Made It: Maker Studios strategy chief Courtney Holt

“Courtney Holt is chief strategy officer at Maker Studios, a Culver City media company that manages and develops major YouTube personalities such as PewDiePie and produces online programming such as ‘Epic Rap Battles of History.’ Its 55,000 YouTube channels draw more than 9 billion monthly views, most of them from millennials. Founded in 2009, Maker was purchased by Walt Disney Co. this year in a deal worth up to $950 million.”

From Steve Johnson: Q&A: Sreekanth Ravi, CEO ot videoconferencing startup Tely Labs

“Sreekanth Ravi has learned a thing or two about what makes a successful business after a quarter-century as a serial entrepreneur, during which he has founded four companies, three of them with his brother, Sudhakar Ravi.”

From Mark Calvey: Former Schwab CEO David Pottruck: Success, getting fired and a ‘million-dollar hat’

“Former Charles Schwab CEO David Pottruck recently sat down with the San Francisco Business Times to reflect on his career successes and failures. He’s had plenty of both, having led the San Francisco-based brokerage firm during heady growth in the boom of the late 1990s — when online stock trading was the rage — and during the bust that followed, which led to his ouster.”

From Dan Schawbel: Bill McDermott: What You Can Learn From The CEO Of SAP

“In the following interview, Bill talks about who influenced his work ethic, the risky career moves he made that really paid off, his sales secrets that helped him accelerate his career and how millennials are changing how we do business.”

From Boyd Erman: Ousted Silicon Valley CEO preaches reinvention, advice for Canada

“Douglas Bergeron has had a rough ride in the past few years, and he’s just fine with that. As an investor in and chief executive officer of VeriFone Systems Inc., the Windsor, Ont. native turned Silicon Valley resident made a fortune he pegs at about half a billion dollars. Then things got a little bumpy.”

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