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 about Patrick Dillingham, Sean Koffel, Mark Bertolini, Lynda Weinman, Jimmy Smith, and Maria Bartiromo.
From Erika Brown Ekiel: Patrick Dillingham and Sean Koffel: “Do What You Love and What You’re Good At”
“The cofounders of Windy Hill Spirits discuss entrepreneurship, career management, and the best advice they’ve ever received.”
“The Aetna pay hike was a multifaceted and strategic move — and one that stemmed from personal motivations as well. It also showed Bertolini to be a culturally astute leader with a real stake in improving the well-being of people who rely on Aetna, be they customers, employees, or long-term shareholders. He is also keenly aware of the changing nature of the healthcare industry in the U.S. and elsewhere.”
“Last week LinkedIn bought Lynda.com, an online learning site, for $1.5 billion. What’s different about this Internet success story is that it was not an overnight success — Lynda.com was founded in 1995 and has since become a go-to place to learn about business, software, technology and creative skills online. And it’s founder isn’t a 20-something, hoodie-wearing college dropout. She’s 60-year-old Lynda Weinman, one of our women to watch this week.”
“Advertising veteran Jimmy Smith, 53, has orchestrated award-winning work for brands including Nike and Gatorade, the latter involving the adoption of the more edgy ‘G’ in packaging and marketing the sports drink. Since 2011, Smith has been chief executive and chief creative officer of Amusement Park Entertainment, which he founded with advertising conglomerate Interpublic Group, to develop ‘branded entertainment’ — industry lingo for making the product or brand the centerpiece of an app, game, event, television show or movie, rather than creating an ad that viewers can ignore.”
“Bartiromo has little to prove: She was fresh off an interview earlier that morning with House Speaker John Boehner, and later she’d be grilling Lagarde in front of an audience. She anchors her own show, ‘Opening Bell,’ five days a week, then relaxes on the weekend by hosting another, ‘Sunday Morning Futures.'”