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 Sri Shivananda, César Melgoza, Kim Kaupe, Elizabeth Holmes, and Claudia San Pedro.
“What’s important is that with his company’s split this year from eBay, the vice president of global platform and infrastructure for San Jose-based PayPal helped build and will soon run a cutting-edge command center that will coordinate a whole mess of global e-commerce transactions, every single minute of every single day.”
“My parents didn’t have the benefit of a college education, but they always had a sense of self-respect and carried themselves well, and they wanted their children to be well spoken and prepared. They instilled in us a strong work ethic.”
From bizwomen: Kim Kaupe, co-founder of ZinePak, on the importance of ‘soft skills’ in growing a business
“Kaupe, a West Palm Beach, Fla., native was an only child of a schoolteacher and a father who’s an entrepreneur in his own right. Here, she talks the biggest influences on her career, the value of mentoring, and the hard lesson learned from her first babysitting job.”
“Ever since she launched Theranos in 2003 when she was 19 years old and dropped out of Stanford University, Ms. Holmes has been driven by ambition that is big even by Silicon Valley standards. Instead of a smartphone app to hail a car or order food, she wants to revolutionize health care with a vast range of diagnostic tests run with a few drops of finger-pricked blood. Now 31, Ms. Holmes has emphasized a variety of strategies—a hand-held device, tests for drugmakers, drugstore clinics—while trying to turn her dream into a business. She often has collided with technological problems, according to interviews with more than 20 former Theranos employees, company emails and complaints filed with federal regulators.”
From Dana Manciagli: Claudia San Pedro of Sonic Drive-In gives 3 ways Hispanic women can navigate corporate America
“Claudia San Pedro, executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer for Sonic Drive-In, is one of the few Hispanic women to have successfully joined this exclusive club of C-suite executives. And she understands how to navigate the road to success.”