By and About Leaders: 1/19/16

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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 Gerry Mecca, Denise Johnson, Mary Delaney, Ragy Thomas, and Mark Fields.

From Danielle Abril: Coffee Connections: How Gerry Mecca and team infuses tech flavor into Dr Pepper Snapple

“Mecca, 56, met me for coffee at one of his usual spots, Main Street Bistro & Bakery at the Shops at Legacy. He ordered a bagel with cream cheese and a regular coffee as he enthusiastically sat down to talk about his interests both in technology as an industry and tech within his company.”

From James R. Hagerty: Caterpillar Names First Woman to Top Ranks

“The Peoria, Ill.-based company appointed Denise Johnson, 49 years old, as group president of resource industries, the division that makes mining equipment, effective April 1. Ms. Johnson, previously vice president responsible for the material handling division, is the first woman to reach the group president level at Caterpillar. The five group presidents report to Doug Oberhelman, chairman and chief executive.”

From Melissa Wylie: CareerBuilder’s Mary Delaney, president of recruitment software solutions on respect in the workplace, managing up and more

“Mary Delaney’s career has spanned several industries. She’s worked in sales, consulting and now in product development in the software arm of CareerBuilder.”

From Adam Bryant: Ragy Thomas of Sprinklr: How Naïveté Can Become a Strength

“The boarding school was in the middle of nowhere on top of a hill. It was a Catholic school, and we woke up every morning and went to the chapel. They taught you about life, and it made me deeply spiritual. Not religious, but very spiritual. It also made me extremely naïve about what life can be.”

From Dave Leggett: Detroit interview – Ford CEO Mark Fields

“Ford did not have a major new product to roll out at Detroit this week, but it did reveal something – FordPass – that CEO Mark Fields views as vital to a future in which Ford gets closer to the customer as part of a mission to make their lives ‘easier’. The ambitious sounding aim is to do for car owners what iTunes did for music listening.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

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