By and About Leaders: 10/25/16

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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 Kim Townsend, Bethenny Frankel, Jim Whitehurst, Carlos Ghosn, and Jean-Claude Biver.

From Stan Linhorst: How Kim Townsend went from stay-at-home mom to accomplished business leader

“That was the first time I was challenged to represent the interests of other people. That’s really what leadership is. It’s leading people to a better place than where they were. Leadership is encouraging their gifts and skills and promoting their interests, at times above your own.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Áine Cain: Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel shares what she’d like to tell her 20-year-old self

“If Skinnygirl founder and author Bethenny Frankel could time travel, there’s one thing she’d go back and say one thing to her 20-year-old self: It’s okay not to have everything figured out.”

From Joel Trammell: CEO Interview: Jim Whitehurst

“It was quite an honor to speak with Jim Whitehurst recently about his role as president and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. He is an avid advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation and, since joining Red Hat in January 2008, he has more than quadrupled the company’s revenue. In this part one of our two-part interview, I asked him about his journey to the CEO chair and when he first felt like he was getting the hang of the job.”

From Mark Phelan: Carlos Ghosn’s next trick: Making Renault-Nissan No. 1

“The merger with GM never happened, but Renault-Nissan finds itself on the cusp of becoming the world’s largest automaker by taking control of Mitsubishi, a deal that makes more sense and entails less risk than the longshot GM merger ever did.”

From the Judge Business School: The workplace as supportive family

“Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, discusses the importance of learning from setbacks and being supported in both success and failure.”

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