By and About Leaders: 4/7/15

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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 Miriam Bienstock, Arne Sorenson, Cindi Leive, Becca Polak, and Chris Cramer.

From Caroline McMillan Portillo: The life of Atlantic Records co-founder Miriam Bienstock

“Music greats Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Abba, as well as modern megastars Bruno Mars, Coldplay and Zac Brown Band, all owe a part of their success to the late Miriam Bienstock.”

From Tamsin McMahon: The Marriott man’s million-room march around the world

“Born in Tokyo to a family of Lutheran missionaries, travel runs in Arne Sorenson’s blood. But the CEO of one of the world’s largest hotel chains still marvels at his formative travel experiences.”

From Adam Bryant: Cindi Leive of Glamour on Harnessing the Power of Praise

“Nobody ever really sits you down and says, ‘Here’s some Management 101 on how to do it.’ It’s a skill you have to learn. Just because you know how to be a good friend, and even a good co-worker, doesn’t mean that you’re going to know how to be a good boss. I didn’t ask as many questions in the beginning as I should have.”

From Amy Lynch: KAR’s Becca Polak helps steer used-car trade

“Becca Polak cracked the glass ceiling within the local automotive industry when she became the first female — and youngest — member of Carmel-based KAR Auction Services’ senior leadership team in 2007.”

From Chris Kirkham: Early on, head of Karl Strauss Brewing Co. had a taste for craft beers

“Chris Cramer, 53, is chief executive and co-founder of Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Started in 1989, it is one of the oldest craft breweries in Southern California and a pioneer in San Diego’s renowned craft beer industry.”

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