By and About Leaders: 8/30/16

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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 Lloyd Carney, Lulu C. Wang, Gerry Smith, Danielle Kharman, and several women middle-market CEOs.

From Adam Bryant: Lloyd Carney: Think You’re Irreplaceable? Take the Bucket Test

“He used to say all the time that everybody is replaceable. He used to do this thing called a bucket test. He would be arguing with one of his employees, and he’d call me in and say, ‘Get a bucket of water.’ So I’d bring the bucket of water to the room, and he’d say, ‘Lloydie, put your hand in the water.’ Then I’d take it out, and he’d say to his employee, ‘See that hole that Lloyd left in the water? That’s the hole you’re going to leave when you leave here.’”

From Michelle FlorCruz: CEO Lulu C. Wang: ‘I Was Not Intimidated’ by Male-Dominated Financial Field

“Lulu C. Wang is a busy woman. When she isn’t running her hedge fund Tupelo Capital Management, she is working with non-profits: She serves as a board member at institutions like the Columbia Business School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Asia Society, where she is a Vice Chair of the organization’s Board of Trustees. Despite these commitments, she still finds the time for a more eclectic passion — restoring and racing vintage cars.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From McKinsey & Company: Speed for simplicity: An interview with Lenovo’s Gerry Smith

“Simpler to use, cheaper to operate, faster to implement, easier to adapt—what IT customers want is changing an entire industry, and one of its largest players.”

From David A. Arnott: A dog-training business owner talks about what it takes to run her franchise

“Danielle Kharman is co-owner of The Dog Wizard dog-training franchise in Charlotte, N.C. In a recent sit-down conversation, we talked about her experience running the small business, which she’s owned for two years and said has 12 employees.”

From Julie Ritzer Ross: Lessons from the Most Influential Women Middle-Market CEOs

“Always look toward the long-term, take risks and find your own personal voice. Those are just some of the ways in which the most influential women of the middle market have become successful and remain so consistently.”

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