By and About Leaders: 3/31/15

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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 Jenny Lee, Tim Cook, Sir Martin Sorrell, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Plus eight top women executives weigh in on the moments that made their careers.

From Ryan Mac: Cracking The Boys Club: Jenny Lee On What It Means To Be The Top Woman In Venture Capital

“Lee, a former jet engineer, argues that the Chinese tech community is much more open to female venture capitalists than its U.S. equivalent. While she still sees some barriers, she feels that much of her success hasn’t come in spite of her gender, but rather because of it. Being a woman gives her unique perspective into technology trends and sometimes provides her with an inside track into some of the hottest Chinese tech companies. For Lee, who has spent about 15 years investing in Asian startups, venture capital has always been about the hustle. In an in-depth conversation with FORBES, she shares how she ended up investing in one of the world’s largest smartphone companies, whether Uber has hit a dead end in China and what future prospects women have in the world of venture capital.”

From Adam Lashinsky: Apple’s Tim Cook leads different

“Since replacing the legendary Steve Jobs, Cook has led the iBehemoth to even greater financial success. Along the way he’s changed the culture of the company—and found his public voice as a leader.”

From Eric Reguly: Beyond Don Draper: The tireless tycoon at the helm of the world’s largest ad group

“My breakfast with Sir Martin Sorrell, co-founder and CEO of WPP, the world’s largest advertising group – think of it as a tech-infused Mad Men in 111 countries – left me dizzy. I had trouble absorbing the tidal wave of information and numbers that he spewed forth like an automaton. But I was also impressed.”

From Erich Schwartzel: How Jeffrey Katzenberg Is Rewriting DreamWorks’ Script

“Mr. Katzenberg’s long string of early successes helped him become one of the last true moguls in Hollywood, even if his studio is considerably smaller than most of his rivals’. His legacy will depend in large part on how he resolves DreamWorks’ current crisis.”

From bizwomen: Danielle Wiley, Nicole Shariat Farb and more on how they got their big break

“We like to know how the country’s top female executives got where they are. So we asked them: What was your big break? Read what they had to say about the moments that made their careers:”

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