By and About Leaders: 1/5/16

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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 Sam Dushey, Dilshad and Barinder Hothi, Rick Nini, Doug Boles, and Ann Cairns.

From Lynn Russo Whylly: What All CEOs Can Learn From an “Undercover Boss”

“On Jan. 3rd, Sam Dushey, CEO of Shoppers World, a $250 million family-owned and operated discount department store chain, will appear on the CBS hit TV show Undercover Boss (8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ET). While undercover, Dushey visited four Shoppers World stores: two in New York (Queens and Brooklyn); one in Cleveland, Ohio; and one in the Atlanta suburb of Morrow, Georgia. CEO Briefing spoke with Sam about the lessons he learned that all CEOs can use in their own business.”

From Rebecca Smith: Meet the married couple who built a £22m turnover education business

“The Knowledge Academy’s professional training courses aim to make learning affordable for people in remote parts of the world.”

From Frank Witsil: Aviation exec: Success comes from stubbornness

“As a boy, Rick Nini was fascinated with flying. He was inspired, he said, by the NASA space program, and at 12 or 13, his parents put him on a new, commercial jet to fly by himself from Michigan to California to see his aunt, uncle and cousin”

From Amy Lynch: Doug Boles keeps it in gear at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“Excitement is building for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May and IMS’ president is at the forefront of planning.”

From Adam Bryant: Ann Cairns of MasterCard: The Art and Science of Team Chemistry

“I won a scholarship at the age of 11 to go to a British grammar school. The headmistress, a nun, had a chemistry degree from Oxford. She was very pro girls doing science. It was an all-girls school, and there were a lot of scientists in the school. It seemed pretty natural to me to go to university to do math.”

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