By and About Leaders: 11/24/15

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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 Amber Guild, Mark Zuckerberg, Tony Clement, Lori Goler, and Stan Lee.

From Adam Bryant: Amber Guild of Collins: Call Out the Elephant in the Room

“At first, I probably always tried to manage and develop team members of mine to be like me. But then I learned that when you have a team, you have to really understand what their strengths and weaknesses are and then play to their strengths. Everyone brings something different and unique and valuable to a team, so you have to get to know them and really understand what their strengths, skills and special powers are.”

From Michelle Quinn: Zuckerberg leads by example, taking paternity leave from Facebook

“Mark Zuckerberg has announced in a Facebook post that he will take two months paternity leave from his job as CEO of the social networking firm when his wife gives birth to their daughter.”

From Tony Clement: How 80 Hours Of Navy SEAL Training Taught Me To Be A Better Leader And, More Important, A Better Follower

“As a father, husband, and company vice president, I know that making decisions with partial information, under time pressure, while maintaining a level head is a basic necessity of life. But it isn’t easy to deliberately strengthen or train. Both work and life tend to teach you along the way, without any real sense of structure or progress. The Kokoro training event is designed to deliver deep training through intense experiences, leaving you with lessons you won’t easily forget.”

From Jena McGregor: Advice on managing a new generation, from the head of HR at Facebook

“Back in 2008, Lori Goler, then a marketing executive at eBay, placed a call to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and asked her a simple question: ‘What is your biggest problem and can I help solve it?’ Sandberg’s answer was ‘recruiting’—and it soon became Goler’s challenge too after Sandberg quickly hired her.”

From Anthony Noto: Stan Lee’s New York: The ‘Purveyor of Wonder’ recalls Marvel’s early days

“Stan Lee’s creations continue to generate billions of smiles, and these days, billions of dollars. So it’s safe to say that the current crop of proud and boastful business leaders could learn a thing or two from a man whose contributions to a nascent industry helped transform it into a pop culture phenomenon.”

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