By and About Leaders: 8/25/15

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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 Jonathan Beekman, Indra Nooyi, Iliana Regan, Marcelo Claure, and Mario Longhi.

From Erika Brown Ekiel: Jonathan Beekman: “Be Bold and Just Go For It”

“The founder of gift company Man Crates discusses leadership, his company’s quirky culture, and why he’s ‘wired for entrepreneurship.'”

From Adi Ignatius: How Indra Nooyi Turned Design Thinking Into Strategy

“Just a few years ago, it wasn’t clear whether Indra Nooyi would survive as PepsiCo’s CEO. Many investors saw Pepsi as a bloated giant whose top brands were losing market share. And they were critical of Nooyi’s shift toward a more health-oriented overall product line. Prominent activist investor Nelson Peltz fought hard to split the company in two. These days Nooyi, 59, exudes confidence. The company has enjoyed steady revenue growth during her nine years in the top job, and Pepsi’s stock price is rising again after several flat years. Peltz even agreed to a truce in return for a board seat for one of his allies.”

From Iliana Regan: The Culture of the Kitchen

“When Rene Redzepi put together the conversation-starter for our current issue about how and if the culture of the kitchen needs to change, his colleagues at the MAD Symposium reached out to a spectrum of chefs to take their temperature on where the kitchen is, how they run their restaurants, and what they think the future holds. We’re happy to share a response from Iliana Regan, the chef of Elizabeth and Bunny, the Micro Bakery, and Wunder Pop in Chicago.”

From Mark Davis: Saving Sprint is biggest challenge of Claure’s already impressive life

“The Star has since taken a deeper look at Claure and found a more complex portrait. He’s a middle kid who didn’t learn English until the ninth grade. He bulled his way to success in business through hard work and a willingness to throw a sharp elbow — at rivals and partners alike. Claure, 44, also plays hard, packing his personal calendar with major sporting events, black tie galas and dirt bike rides. He has a penchant for big reunions, has staked out favorite restaurants around town and often mixes work into time with his five children and wife Jordan. He’s sacrificed attending games played by his Bolivian soccer team to focus more on Sprint”

From McKinsey & Company: Leading U. S. Steel in challenging times

“CEO Mario Longhi discusses leading the company through a difficult period, its search for growth, and what constitutes success.”

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