By and About Leaders: 7/29/14

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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 Lonne Jaffe, Arthur T. Demoulas, Helena Morrissey. David Kenny, and Marcin Kleczynski.

From Adam Bryant: Lonne Jaffe, Chief Executive of Syncsort, on the Importance of Setting Priorities

“Lonne Jaffe, chief executive of Syncsort, a software company, says that ‘figuring out how to spend your time is almost more important in some ways than how well you execute.'”

From Jena McGregor: An ousted CEO so popular employees are protesting to get his job back

“Employees protest over many things: higher wages, better benefits, safer working conditions in their jobs. What’s far more unusual, if not unprecedented, is to see workers, organized by senior managers, stage a rebellion to help their CEO [Arthur T. Demoulas] get his job back.”

From Janet Mcfarland: Women’s champion Helena Morrissey aims to have it all

“Helena Morrissey doesn’t believe in work-life balance. The CEO of London-based investment firm Newton Investment Management is a rare female leader in Britain’s asset management sector and – even rarer – has nine children, ranging in ages from 5 to 22.”

From Adam Bryant: David Kenny of the Weather Company: Move Fast, but Know Where You’re Going

“‘Speed without a purpose is chaos. Velocity is speed toward a purpose,’ said David Kenny, chief executive of the Weather Company, parent of the Weather Channel and Weather Underground.”

From Steve Johnson: Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes, on cybersecurity and startups

“At 14, Marcin Kleczynski accidentally downloaded a virus into his parents’ computer, which was supposed to have been protected with anti-virus software. So he set about to understand how something like that could happen and launched his career in one of the tech industry’s hottest areas.”

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