By and About Leaders: 6/23/15

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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 Ina Garten, Carolyn McCall, Anthony Scilipoti, Jay Simons, and Tracy Wolstencroft.

From Natalie Robehmed: Ina Garten On How To Run A Business And Do What You Love

“Ina Garten, beloved host of Emmy Award-winning show Barefoot Contessa and author of bestselling cookbooks such as How Easy Is That?, knows a thing or two about cooking up a storm with a smile.”

From Nicola Clark: Chief of EasyJet Leads Airline Through a Turnaround

“Carolyn McCall, who took the helm in 2010, has changed the airline from a company in chaos to one with rising profits in a competitive industry.”

From Tim Shufelt: Veritas CEO Anthony Scilipoti’s lonely quest for financial truth

“It’s an uncharacteristic scene for a man who prides himself on due diligence. Veritas Investment Research, the firm Mr. Scilipoti co-founded, is known for its investigative stock research, for poring over financial statements in search of accounting trickery.”

From Heather Somerville: Q&A: Jay Simons, piano phenom and Atlassian exec

“Jay Simons could have as easily ended up on Broadway as he did in Silicon Valley. His first love was the piano, which blossomed into a brief career performing in bars in Washington state and hotels across Asia. He also sings, writes poetry and is a heck of a storyteller. But it was technology, not performing arts, that became Simons’ career, beginning in the Internet boom of the late 1990s. In 2008, he joined Atlassian, a software company headquartered in Australia that makes software for businesses to collaborate, communicate and manage their operations more effectively.”

From McKinsey & Company: Heidrick & Struggles on the changing nature of leadership

“Tracy Wolstencroft, CEO of the global executive-search firm, explains the importance of authentic leadership, listening, and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

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