By and About Leaders: 10/28/14

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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 Emma Watts, Laurie Ann Goldman, Aaron Levie, Michelle Munson, and Bob Lutz.

From Ryan Faughnder: How I Made It: Emma Watts, 20th Century Fox production president

“Emma Watts, 44, is president of production at film studio 20th Century Fox, a position she’s held since 2009.”

From Ina Paiva Cordle: Former Spanx CEO’s career advice: Be yourself

“Be your authentic self, take risks, don’t fear change. That’s among the career advice offered by Laurie Ann Goldman, the former chief executive of Spanx. Goldman, who has 25 years of experience building global consumer brands, led the Atlanta company’s transformation from a start-up to an international powerhouse that ranked No.1 in the $700million shapewear industry.”

From McKinsey & Company: Growing fast: An interview with Box CEO Aaron Levie

“How do you manage a rapidly growing company while maintaining a focus on operations? The head of the cloud-based file-storage group Box discusses the challenge.”

From Adam Bryant: Michelle Munson of Aspera, on Always Respecting the Opportunity

“I was raised on a wheat and cattle farm in Kansas. My mother is a retired professor, and my father is a fifth-generation leader of our farm. The combination of the two of them framed the way my brother and I were raised.”

From Mark McGraw: Lutz on Leaders: Why So Nice?

“Retired automotive executive, former Marine and best-selling author Bob Lutz is also fluent in several languages. And he’s probably pretty outspoken in all of them.”

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