By and About Leaders: 12/23/14

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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 Nunzio Quacquarelli, Marissa Mayer, Rick Holley, Robert Reid, and Cindy Hubert.

From Wharton: How Disruption Is Creating Opportunity in Higher Education

“Nunzio Quacquarelli founded QS Quacquarelli Symonds in 1990 while still a student at Wharton. The firm is a leading global provider of higher education and career information solutions. Quacquarelli takes pride in the fact that he has grown his original company and, after 24 years, works with 2,000 higher education institutions and 12,000 employers. QS produces the annual ‘Global 200 Business Schools: The Employers’ Choice and the World University Rankings’ report.”

From Nicholas Carlson: What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs

“The inside story of how Yahoo’s C.E.O. lost her way.”

From Dan Primack: CEO gives back bonus, says he doesn’t deserve it

“Longtime timber executive Rick Holley returns nearly $2 million worth of stock.”

From Adam Bryant: The Culture Always Comes First

“A chief executive says an early emphasis on strategy and execution led him to start focusing first on a company’s culture.”

From Amy Lynch: 5 Questions: Cindy Hubert, CEO of Gleaners

“Cindy Hubert has always made it a priority to help others. As president and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana since 2010, she has found a way to successfully parlay that personal goal into professional opportunity.”

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