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 Mary Barra, Matthew Corrin, Richard Palmer, Marla Malcolm Beck, and Kay Smith-Blum.
“‘It was a year of great disappointment, but also great progress,’ Mary T. Barra said, after a year in which the company issued a record number of recalls in the United States.”
“The impulses that drive New Year’s resolutions are Matthew Corrin’s bread and butter – figuratively speaking. There is no bread or butter in sight.”
“Meet Richard Palmer, CFO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, who has steered the automaker through a vast array of financial hurdles over the past five years while largely remaining behind the scenes.”
“I’m the queen of the seven-minute interview. I interview for only seven to 10 minutes, and I have a framework — it’s skill, will and fit.”
“[Kay] Smith-Blum, now CEO of Seattle luxury clothing retailer Butch Blum, has been in the driver’s seat of the company for about a decade, as her husband transitions into semi-retirement.”