By and About Leaders: 5/10/16

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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 Julius and Jacqueline McQueen, Bob Moore, Hariolf Kottmann, Rahul Kapur, and Brian Armstrong.

From Amy Lynch: 5 questions with Julius and Jacqueline McQueen

“Julius and Jacqueline McQueen love to talk trash. The couple launched Junk King Indianapolis in January with Jacqueline serving as president and Julius as operations manager.”

From Singapore Management University: Bob’s Red Mill: For the employees by the employees

“Speaking at the recent SMU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship talk, Putting people before profit – a different way of doing business, Bob Moore explained the thinking behind his business philosophy.”

From Florian Budde: The turnaround at Clariant: An interview with Hariolf Kottmann

“The CEO of the Swiss specialty-chemical company has steered it back onto a growth path through restructuring and an aggressive continuous-improvement program.”

From Amy Lynch: 5 Questions with Rahul Kapur of Guilford Group

“After professional stints with Dow Chemical’s consumer business division and 3M/Aearo Technologies, Kapur now serves as the Guilford Group’s executive chairman with a focus on strategy, sales and marketing. He saw an opportunity to get involved with evolving technology by investing in the Carmel-based company.”

From Troy Wolverton: Q&A: Coinbase CEO thinks Bitcoin offers much more promise than peril

“Brian Armstrong is a Bitcoin believer. Given half a chance, he’ll talk unceasingly about the virtues of the virtual currency. He’s so into Bitcoin that he takes his paycheck entirely in the virtual currency and has a special debit card that allows him to pay with Bitcoin — indirectly at least — when he goes to the mall.”

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