By and About Leaders: 7/15/14

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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 Sidney Toledano, Keith Pelley, David Ossip, Mike Hoffman, and Satya Nadella.

From Vanessa Friedman: Dior’s Chief Executive Describes His Leadership Style

“According to Sidney Toledano, the 63-year-old, long-serving chief executive of Christian Dior Couture, the most important management trait cannot be learned at business school.”

From Simon Houpt: Hockey, family and takin’ care of business

“This used to be date night for Keith Pelley and his wife. Seventeen years ago, the then-newlyweds designated Tuesday evenings as sacrosanct. It served them well, maybe even saved their marriage, especially in its early days when Mr. Pelley was a frenzied hockey and football producer for Fox Sports, based in New York.”

From Adam Bryant: It Takes a Team to Make a Company Grow

“David Ossip, C.E.O. of Ceridian, says that job candidates often claim they can solve problems by themselves, but that he’s looking for team players.”

From Neal St. Anthony: Toro CEO credits employees with success over 100 years

“Toro Co. CEO Mike Hoffman has proved a shareholder’s delight. The company’s stock price has tripled since he took the helm of the Bloomington-based maker of products that dig, install, mow, blow and irrigate. And the company is headed for profit and sales records this year. Yet Hoffman believes Toro’s foremost ‘stakeholders’ are employees.”

From Nick Wingfield: Satya Nadella Says Changes Are Coming to Microsoft

“An essay sent to Microsoft employees by the company’s chief executive appears to lay the groundwork for significant changes that will be revealed later this month.”

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