By and About Leaders: 6/9/15

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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 Steve Sadove, Paul Polman, Brad Martin, Bill Swanson, and Liz Rodbell.

From Steve Sadove: My View

“A series of firsthand views from industry leaders on the retail landscape, careers, personal insights, and the future of retail.By Steve Sadove, Former CEO Saks Fifth Avenue.”

From Lillian Cunningham: Unilever’s CEO says he is ‘ashamed’ of his pay and has the company’s ‘simplest job’

“What do Ben & Jerry’s, Dove, Hellmann’s and Lipton all have in common? Each is among the 400 brands owned by Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch company run by CEO Paul Polman that brought in more than €48 billion in revenue last year.”

From Mark Medley: Penguin Random House CEO Brad Martin loves a good read

“Of all the challenges facing Brad Martin, the president and chief executive officer of Penguin Random House Canada, the most pressing is what to do with all his books. He sounds genuinely perplexed, and more than a little pained, when discussing the future of the ‘at least 2,500’ volumes that line the shelves, two rows deep, in his soon-to-be-vacated office.”

From Loren Thompson: Raytheon Chairman Bill Swanson Reconciles World-Class Performance With Community, Diversity

“William H. Swanson, the long-serving Chairman & CEO of fourth-ranked defense contractor Raytheon, is a complicated person. His peers in the defense sector say he is hyper-competitive. His investors keep bidding up the price of Raytheon shares (over 50% this year alone). His government customer keeps awarding the company business at the expense of entrenched incumbents. And yet when you meet Swanson, what he really wants to talk about is values.”

From Adam Bryant: Liz Rodbell on Taking the Time to Recognize Success

“The president of Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay department stores said she learned early on the importance of saying thank you to improve morale.”

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