By and About Leaders: 7/26/16

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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 Sir Ian Cheshire, Tyra Banks, Daniel S. Glaser, Elena Grewal, and Eileen Fisher.

From the Judge Business School: Retail advice: managing in an era of huge customer choice

“We asked Sir Ian Cheshire, former CEO of Kingfisher and now chairman of Debenhams, about teambuilding, the importance of seeing the big picture, and his time as a student at the University of Cambridge.”

From Shana Lynch: Eight Leadership Lessons from Beauty Magnate Tyra Banks

“How the supermodel-turned-CEO found opportunities where others saw obstacles.”

From Adam Bryant: Daniel S. Glaser: The Challenge of Keeping It Simple

“Now I have a basic belief that almost everyone wants to contribute and do well. Some people, for a whole variety of reasons, have difficulty doing that, and at least an attempt or two should be made to try to help them.”

From Tracey Lien: Elena Grewal leads Airbnb’s data scientists

“Technology companies collect data about the pages people look at, the links they click on, and the things they search for. At Airbnb Inc., it’s Elena Grewal’s job to figure out what all that data means. Grewal, 31, is the interim lead for data science at the $25.5-billion San Francisco start-up.”

From Marcella Bremer: Eileen Fisher: “We Need To Figure Out How To Get Free”

“Eileen Fisher is an American fashion designer and founder of the women’s clothing retailer Eileen Fisher Inc. The company celebrated its 30-year anniversary and has over 1,000 coworkers.”

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