By and About Leaders: 5/12/15

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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 Mitt Romney, Jack and Suzy Welch, Laurie Campbell, Joel Peterson, and Dave Goldberg.

From Deborah Petersen: Mitt Romney: Know Your Values, Encourage Dissent, and Take a Break

“Mitt Romney may be best known for being the Republican candidate who ran against Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. But even though Romney didn’t become America’s CEO, he has led companies, organizations, and one state government. He was CEO of Bain & Co. and later cofounded Bain Capital, led the 2002 Salt Lake City U.S. Olympics Organizing Committee, and was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002.”

From Wharton: Jack and Suzy Welch: Strong Leadership Is All about Trust

“Jack and Suzy Welch are one of the business world’s iconic power couples: He was the longtime CEO of GE. She was a business journalist and served as editor of the Harvard Business Review. Together, they wrote the bestseller Winning. In a recent interview on the Knowledge@Wharton show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111, the Welches talked about the economy, careers, leadership, and their new book, The Real Life MBA: Your No BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team and Growing Your Career.”

From Janet McFarland: Laurie Campbell: Credit Canada CEO shatters debt myths

“Years of counselling people burdened by too much debt have left a mark on Laurie Campbell. The long-time chief executive officer of Credit Canada Debt Solutions has become cautious with her own money, owning just one personal credit card that she pays off monthly, and paying cash for major purchases such as her vehicle.”

From Adam Bryant: Joel Peterson of JetBlue on Listening Without an Agenda

“The chairman of JetBlue Airways says, ‘If you’re authentic, open, you call things as they are, you really are direct and you listen well, that develops trust.'”

From Kara Swisher: Does Silicon Valley Have a Soul? It Did — As Well as a Heart — In Dave Goldberg.

“Because Dave was exactly the kind of leader that we need more of here and the kind of quiet conscience critical to transforming the community and its people into the better version of ourselves. We so often fail in doing the right thing and that is why icons of admirable behavior, like Dave, are so important, but — sadly — so lacking.”

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