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 Alan Stanford, Jim Dolce, Jon Kaplan, Elizabeth Holmes, and Stephen Fay.
“At age 74, entrepreneur Alan Stanford is still hard at work creating new business. After leading, launching and selling a handful of companies over the course of his career, Stanford recently emerged from a two-year ‘stealth’ development effort to unveil his newest startup”
“The chief executive of a mobile security firm talks about the need for discipline and patience, even in a fast-based business.”
“For traditional companies, making the transition to thinking and acting digitally is easier said than done. Yet digital natives must also continually work to maximize the advantages of digital technology. In this interview, Google’s vice president of US sales and operations, Jon Kaplan, tells McKinsey’s Barr Seitz how the company’s culture developed and how Google keeps pushing to retain its entrepreneurial spirit. An edited transcript of Kaplan’s remarks follows.”
“At the age of 19 Ms Holmes had an idea about how to improve the way blood tests are done. So she dropped out of Stanford University, where she was studying chemical engineering, and with money that had been set aside for her college education she quietly founded Theranos, a diagnostics company.”
“After a meeting in Labrador, he went fishing on a river near Voisey’s Bay with a colleague, an Inuit guide and the guide’s young son. While the bankers had top-of-the-line equipment, the local kid was using a busted rod and rusted red devil lure – a humble red-and-white spoon – with great success.”