By and About Leaders: 4/14/15

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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 Daniel Lubetzky, Ajay Banga, Colleen Johnston, Ralph Rubio, and Matt Levatich.

From Josh Linkner: Doing Well And Doing Good — How The CEO of KIND Snacks Is Reinventing Leadership

“If it weren’t for an act of kindness, Daniel Lubetzky would not be alive. When his father was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II his life was spared when a prison guard mustered up a trace of humanity by tossing him a rotten potato – invaluable nutrition in that moment. The philosophy of helping others was deeply engrained in Daniel throughout his childhood, and later incorporated in his approach to business.”

From Quartz: MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga’s six lessons on leadership

“Ajay Banga is the chief executive officer and president of MasterCard Inc. The Indian-born executive has studied at Delhi University and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the country’s top business school. Fifty four-year-old Banga began his career with Nestle in India as a management trainee and spent 13 years at the food and beverage company. In 2014, he was the only Indian-origin person on Harvard Magazine’s annual best-performing CEOs in the world list. In February, US President Barack Obama appointed Banga as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a key position in the administration. He is also the current chairman of the US-India Business Council. Banga recently spoke about leadership at the 50th annual convocation of the IIM-A. He graduated from the B-school in 1981.”

From Tim Kiladze: TD’s Colleen Johnston: Making her mark on Bay Street

“Even after 33 years, Colleen Johnston, one of Bay Street’s most senior ranking women, still cherishes the first time she made a serious impression on a male chief executive officer.”

From Samantha Masunaga: Co-founder of Rubio’s chain got hooked on fish tacos

“Ralph Rubio, 59, is the co-founder of Rubio’s, a fast-casual chain known for its burritos, bowls and beer-battered fish tacos. Anchored in Carlsbad, Rubio’s locations extend up the California coast to Sacramento and outward to Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. The company has 193 restaurants and about 4,000 employees.”

From Rick Barrett: New hand takes the throttle at Harley-Davidson

“Matt Levatich experienced the euphoric times at Harley-Davidson Inc., when the company sold motorcycles almost as fast as it could produce them, and he went through the Great Recession when bike sales skidded. In May, Levatich becomes Harley-Davidson’s president and chief executive officer, replacing Keith Wandell, who’s retiring after six years in those roles.”

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