By and About Leaders: 5/5/15

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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 Kazuo Hirai, Diane von Furstenberg, François Michelin, George Garvin Brown IV, and Elon Musk.

From the Wall Street Journal: Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai Says Company Must Evolve

“After years of restructuring, things are looking up at Sony Corp. Under Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai, the company is finding growth in areas such as its digital image sensor unit and its PlayStation videogame business. In an interview, Mr. Hirai discussed where he wants to take Sony. These are edited excerpts.”

From Adam Bryant: Diane von Furstenberg: The Key to Success Is Trusting Yourself

“The fashion designer says the most important relationship, in business and in life, is the one you have with yourself. (With video.)”

From David Jolly: François Michelin, Head of Tire Company, Dies at 88

“Under Mr. Michelin’s leadership, which ended when he left the company in 2002, the Michelin Group became the world’s biggest tire maker, establishing a big presence in the United States and other major markets overseas.”

From Susan Krashinsky: George Garvin Brown IV: A family man rides the bourbon boom

“While Mr. Brown is Canadian, he is also the scion of a famous Kentucky family, and now chairman of the board at the company that is his family’s legacy.”

From Andrew Khouri and Samantha Masunaga: Tesla’s Elon Musk and his big ideas: A brief history

“Musk’s plunge into the business of batteries for home and commercial use is the latest in a series of grandiose plans — often ones that are eligible for government contracts and subsidies and which he pitches as having a higher purpose. Here are highlights of Musk’s big ideas:”

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