By and About Leaders: 4/19/16

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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 Elon Musk, Jim Davis, Mike Ableson, Joel Kurtzman, and Terry Lee and other top Indianapolis business leaders.

From Rebecca Smith: Elon Musk may be a genius but he’s not infallible

“Not everything the Tesla CEO touches turns to gold.”

From Patricia Panchak: Recognizing a Lifetime of Unconventional—and Wildly Successful—Leadership

“When Jim Davis purchased New Balance in 1972, the company had six employees and made 30 pairs of shoes per day in a single location. Today, the company has over 5,250 global associates, with more than 4,000 in the U.S., including more than 1,400 in manufacturing and distribution. It’s a global athletic footwear, apparel and accessories company that earned $3.72 billion in global revenue in 2015, while making or assembling more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the U.S.”

From Greg Gardner: Charting GM’s course on the road to new mobility

“Mike Ableson, GM vice president of strategy and global portfolio planning, is responsible for finding the partners and younger companies that can accelerate autonomous vehicle technology and strengthen GM in an emerging market for alternative mobility.”

From Strategy+Business: Joel Kurtzman: Looking Back with Prescience

“Joel Kurtzman passed away on April 6, at age 68. Among his many other accomplishments, he was the founder and first editor of strategy+business. He developed a concept for a publication of ideas, chartered by a management consulting firm, that would make a difference in the world at large. Along the way, he coined the phrase ‘thought leader.’ He was also one of the most prescient business writers of his time. Trained as an economist, he worked for organizations that included the United Nations, Harvard Business Review, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Milken Institute. This combination made Joel a living example of the breadth of knowledge that he championed as fuel for a robust economy.”

From Dwight Adams: Top Workplaces 2016: Q&A with Terry Lee and other top leaders

“IndyStar, in partnership with WorkplaceDynamics, surveys what employees say are the top workplaces in Central Indiana. Each year, employees also choose special awards, including their top leader from three categories: small, midsize and large companies. We wanted to know their secrets of success. Here are their responses.”

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skipprichard1   |   20 Apr 2016   |   Reply

So many great articles. Thanks for curating these and sharing, Wally.

Wally Bock   |   20 Apr 2016   |   Reply

Thanks for the kind words, Skip.