By and About Leaders: 8/12/14

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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 Logan LaHive, James E. Webb, Dani Reiss. Sarah Barnett, and John Chen.

From Adam Bryant: Take the Job Seriously, but Not Yourself

“Logan LaHive, the chief of Belly, a customer rewards business, says he ‘can’t stand walking into a company that has seven values on the wall that no one actually cares about or can remember.'”

From Colin Baird: The 1969 Moon Landing: A Chief Executive’s Greatest Impact on History

“One president’s vision, and one chief executive’s leadership and execution, brought together an entire nation and an organization to accomplish one of the greatest achievements in modern history.”

From Marina Strauss: Casual-chic workaholic strives for authenticity at helm of Canada Goose

“Dani Reiss stood in six inches of water in his stylish offices of Canada Goose Inc., the victim of flooding from a burst pipe at his luxury parka maker’s new headquarters.”

From Adam Bryant: Sarah Barnett of SundanceTV: Your Imperfection Can Be Your Strength

“The president of a cable and satellite network says ‘there’s a certain liberation and relief’ in having a company culture that allows for mistakes.”

From Michelle Quinn: John Chen’s plan to save BlackBerry

“The corporate turnaround is an art form, not a science. John Chen, the former chief executive of Sybase, is one of the tech industry’s most successful turnaround artists. And he has taken on his biggest challenge yet, as chief executive of Waterloo, Canada-based BlackBerry.”

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