By and About Leaders: 10/7/14

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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 Gianmaria Fulgenzi, Peng-Sang Cau, Deborah Bial, Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and John Lowe.

From the London Business School: My day: Gianmaria Fulgenzi, Ferrari

“Gianmaria Fulgenzi, head of sports car development for Ferrari in Italy, opens his diary to Mark Edwards, Programme Director, Executive Education at London Business School.”

From Richard Blackwell: Entrepreneur’s journey ‘through hell and back’ to manufacturing a Canadian dream

“It is hard to make the mental leap to Cambodia in the late 1970s and the misery imposed by the murderous Khmer Rouge, while sitting comfortably in a quiet Japanese restaurant in Kingston, Ont. But Peng-Sang Cau is painting a vivid picture, recalling the horrors visited on her and her family when she was a young girl growing up in the killing fields of the Pol Pot regime.”

From Adam Bryant: Deborah Bial of the Posse Foundation: Success Isn’t Always About You

“An organization’s leaders should remember that its accomplishments may not be of their own doing, a foundation president says.”

From Leia Parker: Google’s Eric Schmidt learns about leadership from founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

“When Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg first entered Google’s offices to provide ‘adult supervision,’ it was the young founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin who taught them a thing or two about how to lead.”

From Kitty McConnell: Jeni’s CEO John Lowe took job for ‘right reasons’

“In a Columbus Chamber forum discussion last week, the CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams said his wife planned to return to the practice of law if his move from GE’s executive suite to Jeni’s didn’t work out.”

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