By and About Leaders: 11/22/16

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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 Lauren Salazar, Alexa Long, Heather McClung, Dion Wiesler, David Cordani, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jean-Claude Biver.

From Melissa Wylie: Craft beer: Three women making an impact in a booming industry

“The craft beer industry contributes $22.3 billion in sales to the $105.9 billion national beer market. And with the seemingly unstoppable growth comes unlimited opportunity for women to get into the business. Before you head out for your Friday night pint, check out these women who are making an impact in craft beer.”

From Jonathan Vanian: HP Inc.’s CEO reflects on Dell, Apple, and Microsoft

“One year ago today, Hewlett Packard split into two companies to better compete in a rapidly changing technology industry. Separating, the argument went, would let the resulting smaller spawn focus on their core businesses instead of being bogged down by one another.”

From Lydia Ramsey: Here’s what the CEO of Cigna does to stay in shape when he can’t get to the gym

“Since Cigna is a global company, being out of town is more likely than not for Cordani. Even so, he doesn’t miss a day.”

From Adam Lashinsky: The Unexpected Management Genius of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

“The first time I interviewed Mark Zuckerberg, back in 2005, he was all of 21 years old and could have passed for 16. He had recently dropped out of Harvard to move his startup to Silicon Valley and was obviously enjoying the novelty of being called CEO. Facebook’s website—there was no mobile version yet—had 6 million users and was open exclusively to high school and college students. It had only just added a feature allowing users to upload multiple photos to their profiles. But the company was already a hot commodity, valued at $100 million and coveted by buyers who were willing to pay far more. And despite his callowness, it was obvious that Zuckerberg was an entrepreneur who was, as I wrote at the time, ‘preternaturally levelheaded.’”

From Jenna Marie Bostock: On Location with Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Watch Division

“Jean-Claude Biver is one of those rare men who have genuinely left their mark on Swiss watchmaking. A crazy dynamic visionary with a passion for watches and champagne, he’s one of those entrepreneurs who exude confidence while constantly striving to better themselves.”

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