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 Linda Hudson, Jane Elfers, John Chambers, Tim Sloan, and Elisabetta Osta.
“Hudson, who currently serves on Bank of America Corp.’s (NYSE: BAC) board and runs her own consulting firm The Cardea Group, spoke about leadership at Wake Forest University’s Charlotte campus Thursday night. She told stories about leaders she admires including Dwight Eisenhower, former U.S. Senator Olympia Snow, B.B. King and Fred Smith, founder of FedEx.”
“Despite her admirable track record, Jane shows no signs of complacency. Her focus is clearly on the future. We began with a topic that is among the most crucial, in Jane’s opinion: How to lead and manage in the digital age.”
“The executive chairman of Cisco has become a Silicon Valley statesman, whether he’s promoting the expansion of digital networks or calling for limits on government surveillance.”
“In an industry filled with combative personalities, Tim Sloan, president and chief operating officer of Wells Fargo, is strikingly low-key and even keel.”
“Elisabetta Osta, Managing Director for Information, Insights and Innovation at Barclays and a Visiting Fellow in Marketing at Cambridge Judge, talks about motivation, mentoring and consumer behaviour.”