By and About Leaders: 11/11/14

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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 Sharen Turney, Martha Hoover, Bob Rogers, Janet Elkin, and Frank Blake.

From Wharton: Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Turney: From Cattle to Camisoles

“Victoria’s Secret is a $6.7 billion global brand. The leading specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products, it has 1,600 stores, more than 40 million likes on Facebook and over five million Twitter followers. And its CEO grew up as a farm girl in rural Oklahoma.”

From Amy Lynch: Martha Hoover shares her dining vision

“When Martha Hoover opened her first Café Patachou in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood in 1989 — without a shred of restaurant experience to her credit — she had no idea she’d be starting an Indianapolis food revolution. She simply wanted to prepare delicious, high-quality, locally sourced fare.”

From Ronald D. White: Bob Rogers makes an impression on museum and theme park visitor

“Bob Rogers, 64, is founder and chief creative officer of BRC Imagination Arts, a design and production company that creates what it dubs ‘visitor experiences,’ including theme park attractions, museum displays, corporate tours and world expo pavilions.”

From Adam Bryant: Janet Elkin, on Not Letting the Process Defeat the Purpose

“This interview with Janet Elkin, chief executive of Supplemental Health Care, a health care staffing firm, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.”

From Jennifer Reingold: How Home Depot CEO Frank Blake kept his legacy from being hacked

“Frank Blake concluded his stellar run as CEO of Home Depot with a smooth succession plan. But will his reputation be singed by the company’s gigantic data breach?”

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