By and About Leaders: 7/14/15

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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 Jeff Weiner, younger CEOs, Stewart Butterfield, The Moderators, and Michael Amini.

From Rich Feloni: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner describes 3 qualities that make a great leader

“Weiner’s leadership style has earned him the trust of founder and chairman Reid Hoffman, his team, and LinkedIn investors. Glassdoor named him the highest-rated CEO of 2014. Earlier this year, Weiner spoke at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco, where he explained how he understands his role as a leader.”

From Joann S. Lublin and James R. Hagerty: Top Executives Are Getting Younger

“Generation X is moving into the corner office, bringing a different style to the way companies are run.”

From Adam Bryant: Stewart Butterfield of Slack: Is Empathy on Your Résumé?

“The chief executive of the communication service Slack says everyone at a company should try to make everyone else’s lives a little simpler.”

From Michael Gelfand: Lessons Four CEOs Learned From Playing Together in a Rock Band

“A business leader who delivers extraordinary results is often lauded as a ‘rock star’ leader. But the CEOs in the Denver-based cover band The Moderators are rock stars by day and by night.”

From Ronald D. White: How an unhappy electrical engineer became a thriving furniture designer

“Michael Amini, 58, was an unhappy electrical engineer who went from designing circuits to designing furniture. His Pico Rivera company, Amini Innovation Corp., also known as Aico, sells products through more than 3,000 retailers in more than 80 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm employs about 200 people.”

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